New COVID-19 cases dropped significantly in the past 24 hours. 2 548 cases were recorded, down from more than 4 500 in the last day’s report. 235 people died.

Meanwhile, President Ramaphosa announced the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. He announced that:
 

  • In addition to the 1 million Covishield doses that were received yesterday, South Africa is expecting another 500,000 doses from the Serum Institute of India later this month
  • South Africa has also secured 12 million doses in total from the global COVAX facility.
  • The first 2 million doses are expected to arrive by March
  • Another 9 million vaccine doses have been secured from Johnson & Johnson and are expected to be ready after April. These vaccines will be manufactured by Aspen, which is based in South Africa
  • In addition, Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries in the second quarter or after April

 
The President maintained South Africa at Level 3 Lockdown, and relaxed several restrictions. They include the following:

  • Curfew hours will now be from 11pm to 4am
  • Faith-based gatherings will be permitted, subject to health protocols. But gatherings may
  • not be more than 50 people for indoor venues and 100 persons for outdoor venues
  • Public places such as beaches, dams, rivers, parks and public swimming pools will be re –
  • opened subject to health protocols
  • Restrictions on the sale of alcohol is now permitted for off-site consumption
  • The sale of alcohol by licensed premises for on-site consumption – such as restaurants and taverns is now permitted throughout the week from 10am to 10pm.

 
The following restrictions have not been changed:

  • Social gatherings, political events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds are not be permitted
  • Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people, and there needs to be social distancing, hand sanitising and mask wearing
  • It remains compulsory for every person to wear a mask in a public space
  • Borders remain closed

Source: sacoronavirus.co.za

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