Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move to adjusted Level 3 on Sunday.
“My fellow South Africans, since I last addressed you 14 days ago, we have been fighting a battle on two fronts – the first against the deadly coronavirus, the second against the actions of those who have sought to create instability and chaos,” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said the new Covid-19 infections are being driven by the Delta variant, which is more transmissible that previous variants, and raised concerns about new daily infections in provinces like the Western Cape, KwaZulu- Natal and the Northern Cape.
The president emphasised the importance of wearing masks at all times when in public, maintain social distance, and ensuring a flow of fresh air with others.
“The overall decline in new infections means that it is possible to gradually ease some of the restrictions on gatherings, movement and the sale of alcohol.”
Ramaphosa also announced that people between the ages of 18 and 34 are to be vaccinated from 1 September 2021 and will be able to present themselves at a vaccination site without an appointment and be registered and vaccinated.
“I urge all South Africans to register for vaccination as soon as they are eligible, whether online, via WhatsApp or USSD, or by calling the toll-free number on 0800 029 999.”