Pretoria- Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the National State of Disaster in South Africa will end at midnight on the 5th of April. Ramaphosa has also announced that the country is ready to return to normal.
Last evening, Ramaphosa had stated that the National State of Disaster was necessary to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The National State of Disaster also helped create the Covid-19 TERs (Temporary Employee/Employer Relief) scheme, the R350 social grant, and the extension of drivers' licenses.
Although the pandemic is not over, the number of Covid cases and deaths are not as high now as compared months ago. Ramaphosa had stated that the pandemic would be managed in terms of the National Health Act.
However, there are still a couple of health measures to be sustained before the National State of Disaster ends. The measures include wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and existing restrictions on gatherings. Travelers entering South Africa have to show a vaccine certificate or proof of a negative Covid test. Extending the grace period for renewing driver's licenses remains in place. This will automatically lapse after 30 days.
All other regulations are withdrawn, barring the Coronavirus alert levels, which will still apply. Ramaphosa also stated the government would exercise caution.
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