Monday, September 21, 2020

SA records over 590 000 COVID-19 recoveries as country enters alert level 1 lockdown

South Africans woke up to the country being in alert level 1 of the nationwide lockdown. The easing of restrictions sees, amongst others, gatherings of no more than 50% of the normal capacity of a venue - that's up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings, and 500 people for outdoor gatherings; The maximum capacity at funerals has been increased to 100 people, whilst Night vigils are still prohibited; and you will have to be indoors between midnight & 4a.m, unless you have a permit.

Alcohol for home consumption can be sold from Monday to Friday between 9a.m and 5p.m. On-site consumption, meanwhile, will be allowed subject to adherence to the curfew.

Addressing the nation last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will gradually ease restrictions on international travel for business and leisure from 1 October 2020. Ramaphosa reiterated on citizens to adhere to health protocols.

Monday sees South Africa being 179 days into lockdown, and the country saw 13 more Covid-19 fatalities over the last 24-hrs. Of those, 6 are from the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape & Gauteng province each recorded 3 fatalities, and only 1 fatality was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal.

This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll to 15 953.

1 555 new COVID-19 infections were recorded over the last 24-hrs, bringing the total confirmed cases to 661 211.

On an encouraging note, 590 071 people recovered from the coronavirus, which translates to a recovery rate of 89,2%.

Globally, South Africa has the eighth most Covid-19 infections in the world, behind the USA, Brazil, India, Russia. Peru, Columbia and Mexico.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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