Cabinet has approved the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by another month. This means that the state of disaster will now run until 15 October 2021.
South Africa declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act on 15 March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, while it was originally set to lapse on 15 June 2020, the act provides that it can be extended by the Cogta minister by notice in the gazette for one month at a time before it lapses.
The government has relied on the national state of disaster to introduce and give effect to lockdown restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.
While it appears that South Africa has moved past the peak of the third wave, cabinet has raised concerns about the increasing infection reproduction rates.
Minister in the presidency, Mondli Gungubele said that the government was still considering several factors before lowering the lockdown restrictions for the country.
These factors include:
- The Covid-19 case transmission rate;
- Whether the healthcare sector can sustain an influx in cases; and
- Whether South Africans followed non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Gungubele said that there are no set plans for president Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation and that the lockdown regulations will continue in line with the latest state of disaster extension.
In the past twenty-four hours, 9 203 new Covid-19 cases were reported, with the death toll now at 82,914.
Sources: BusinessTech, MSN
Follow FiND iT on Facebook here.
ALSO READ: Possible passport required to buy alcohol