President to move the country to alert level 1 of the national lockdown
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight that he is moving the country to Level 1 of the national lockdown and opening international travel.
Travel from high risk countries such as the United States of America and other major European countries will remain prohibited.
However, travels from countries that are second and third with highest infection rates will be permitted.
Health minster Dr Zweli Mkhize said that South Africa will need to move to level 1 lockdown and return to ‘normal activities’ as part of its economic recovery.
“We hope that we can still contain the numbers. The past two weeks have been very encouraging with no upsurge, which we hope will remain the case if we go to the next level lower,” said Dr Zweli Mkhize.
Mkhize said his department was initially worried about a possible surge in cases when moving to level 2 lockdown, but early data shows there has not been a major upsurge in cases.
While borders and other points of entry will reopen under level one, government has decided to keep the ban on travellers from the US, UK, Spain and Italy which are said to be the key markets for the revival of the tourism sector.
Some people who work abroad are excited about the country moving to level 1 lockdown and borders reopening as it has been a while since they visited their families here in South Africa now, they will be able come.
“I heard that the president will be doing the nation address tonight on moving to the country to level 1 and easing regulations like opening borders. As a teacher teaching abroad I am so excited because that means I will be able to visit my family in South Africa soon,” Rorisang Dlamini said.
Vusimuzi Mkhize said he wishes that the curfew can be lifted because it’s not nice leaving a club at 9 when it’s the time when most people start to enjoy themselves
“I wish the curfew can be lifted because not everyone enjoys leaving the club at 9:30,” Said Mkhize
People arriving from countries permitted into South Africa will have to produce a negative test result taken 72 hours before travel, which will grant them access without having to quarantine first, but travellers who display symptoms will have to quarantine at own cost even if they produce evidence of having tested negative 72 hours before they travelled.