Today marked the first official day of Lockdown which sees South Africans gain more freedom as we inch towards our normal lives, or rather our new normal lives. Health Minister of South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, does not want citizens to become careless now as we move to the lowest level of this National Lockdown.
"We are not out of the woods," said the Minister.
“Before we get the vaccine, we can’t rest. So South Africans need to know that level 1 does not mean that everything is over ... Level 1 is just to say, let's try to rebuild our economy.” He also says that it's for us to rebuild our social, religious and traditional aspects of our lives.
A move to level 1 also sees us move into a normal world. However, this normal is not one that we had before but rather a new normal as we live with Covid.
He then continues to say, “We are now in a post-Covid world and we have to take precautions. This Covid can still resurge and therefore we must not lose the message and be complacent," and explains that we still have to continue the fight, "therefore the containment measures still remain in place.”
As of 20 September, the country recorded a total of 661 211 cases with 1555 cases being recorded in the last 24 hours.The Minister has however said that the actual number of cases in the country is higher than that.
South Africa records around 10 000 new cases every week. Even though we've seen many positives and once had this be the number of new cases recorded per day, it still is a number to concerned about. Active cases in the country stand at 55 187.
South Africa's death toll as a result of complications from Covid is 15 953. However, the Health Department has recorded a total of 590 071 recoveries to date making the recovery rate in South Africa stand at 89,2%.
Last week, the President announced that the country is set to move to lockdown level 1 at midnight on 20 September, making today the first official day we see the revised restrictions come into play.
This move to Level 1 means that South Africans can now stay out later with the curfew being set at 00h00, can now have events with bigger venue capacities and will also be seeing more people at gym or even a funeral.
South Africans are also allowed to now buy alcohol from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) September 21, 2020