In the Republic of South Africa, the country where the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) cases are most common in Africa, the implementation of the 4th level measures, which prohibit all social, political and religious meetings, has been extended for 14 days due to the high number of cases and deaths.
In his address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the 4th level measures, which were previously decided to be implemented until July 11, will continue to be implemented until July 26 in order to prevent the increase in the number of cases and deaths in the country.
Emphasizing that the most severe wave of the epidemic has been experienced in the country so far due to the Delta variant of the rapidly spreading Covid-19, Ramaphosa said, “During the last two weeks, an average of 20 thousand new cases were recorded daily in the country.”
Emphasizing that there are more than 200,000 active cases in South Africa as of today, Ramaphosa pointed out that approximately 4,200 South Africans died in the last two weeks due to Covid-19.
Ramaphosa noted that the health system across the country is under great pressure.
LEVEL 4 MEASURES IN SOUTH AFRICA
As part of the 4th level measures, which is the second highest level of precaution in South Africa, a curfew is imposed between 21.00-04.00.
Organizations and workplaces that are not required to work close at 20:00 at the latest.
Alcohol sales and all kinds of political, social and religious gatherings are also prohibited.
A maximum of 50 people can attend funerals.
Schools in the country, which is spending the winter season due to being a southern hemisphere country, will remain closed until 26 July.
Restaurants, which previously only allowed takeaway, will start serving their customers as of tomorrow, with an upper limit of 50 people and a 50 percent occupancy rate.
COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA
In South Africa, where the delta variant is common, the rapid increase in cases and deaths in recent weeks is cause for concern.
In this process, more than 50 percent of new cases are seen in Gauteng, the country’s financial center and most populous province.
According to the data of the South African Ministry of Health, the total number of cases increased to 2 million 195 thousand 599 with 16 thousand 302 people caught Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
Due to the epidemic, 151 people died in the last 24 hours, and the total number of deaths was recorded as 64 thousand 289.