Despite increasing calls for the government to completely lift the isolation regulations imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cabinet has meanwhile extended the state of disaster by another month to 15 October.
“This has been done to give effect to the regulations that remain relevant to manage the spread of Covid-19 infections,” the cabinet said in a statement.
The number of new infections has dropped significantly over the past few weeks and the recovery rate for Covid-19 stands at 87% at this stage. There was also a large decrease in the demand for hospital beds and tests for the virus.
Cabinet welcomed the decline in newly confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, as well as the improved recovery rate of 87%.
The cabinet said in a statement on Thursday after Wednesday’s bi-weekly meeting that the number of people requiring hospitalization due to the viral disease, as well as the demand for Covid-19 tests, had decreased.
South Africans are thanked for their compliance with the restrictions to flatten the curve. “We commend the commitment and sacrifice of all health professionals who have been at the forefront of the fight against the virus. “Let us build on the momentum of this encouraging news and continue to work together by consistently doing the right thing, such as maintaining healthy distances, wearing masks in public and washing hands with soap and water or with the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. ”