South Africa eases lockdown as Covid-19 cases drop

Sun Online Desk

17th September, 2020 10:42:42 printer

South Africa eases lockdown as Covid-19 cases drop

 

South Africa, which had one of the world's earliest and strictest lockdowns, has announced a further easing of anti-coronavirus measures.

From 20 September an overnight curfew will be reduced, gatherings will be allowed at 50% of a venue's capacity, and alcohol will again be on sale.

"We have withstood the coronavirus storm," said President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised address to the nation.

But rules on social distancing and mask-wearing will remain in place, BBC reported.

South Africa - which went into a national lockdown on 27 March - has so far reported more than 650,000 confirmed infections, with over 15,000 deaths.

However, the number of new cases has dropped from about 12,000 per day in July to fewer than 2,000.


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