Over the weekend, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa eased on the Covid-19 restrictions following the drop in cases as far as corona virus is concerned.
South Africa had largely passed its peak of infections attributed to the third wave of Covid-19 that has been raging in the country since last May.
The ban on alcohol sale has been lifted, non-essential establishments like restaurants are set to reopen and inter-provincial travel for leisure will resume. Schools have fully reopened, and social and religious gatherings are again allowed for a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
The nighttime curfew has been reduced to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
However, the president warned the public to continue making efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
“The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest threat to the lives and health of our people, as well as to the recovery and transformation of our economy. Accordingly, we need to continue to do everything in our means to contain the spread of the virus,”Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa said.
“The latest figures suggest that we have largely passed the peak of the third wave of infections,” he added.
This easing of restrictions comes after the average daily number of new confirmed cases over the last week was found to be around 12,000, a 20% drop from the previous week.
President Cyril Ramaphosa also added that plans to start manufacturing vaccines in Africa, and for Africa, were gathering pace. The Aspen Pharmacare drugs company to start producing doses for the continent by Autumn.
“Aspen, which is based in Gqeberha, will from October be manufacturing vaccine solely for the African continent, our own country and the African continent. A few weeks ago, the World Health Organization chose South Africa as a hub for the manufacture of vaccines going forward.
A few days ago, Biovac Institute in Cape Town was appointed to manufacture the Pfizer by BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for distribution within African continent,” the South African President detailed in his address.
In Uganda, the lockdown of 42days is ending this week, where president Museveni is expected to adress the nation and gives a way forward as far as corona virus is concerned.
Corona virus cases have also dropped but though death cases are still high where by total cases stand at 92,490, recovered cases 75,790 and death cases stand at 2,557 people.