African nation lifts Covid-19 curfew — Analysis
South Africa officials claim that South Africa has reached the top of its fourth Covid-19 wave.
The South African government has lifted nighttime restrictions on people’s movements as of Thursday, as it believes the nation has passed the peak of its fourth Covid-19 wave, driven by the Omicron variant.
“The curfew will be lifted. There will therefore be no restrictions on the hours of movement of people,”The government released a statement after it revealed that Covid-19 restrictions would be eased following an announcement by the federal government. “Special cabinet meeting.”Some reports claim that it was the first curfew lifted in nearly two years since the outbreak of the pandemic.
A statement by the African Nation stated that there had been a nearly 30% decline in new infections in the week that ended on December 25, as compared to previous weeks. The statement also stated that infections were declining in every other province except two, and hospitalizations are on the decline as well.
“All indicators suggest the country may have passed the peak of the fourth wave at a national level,”According to the statement from government, It comes just a month ago that the highly-transmissible Omicron strain was discovered in South Africa. Since then, the nation’s medics have repeatedly noted that the new strain caused lighter symptoms in South African patients.
The government also stated that, even though “the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, there [have] been lower rates of hospitalization than in previous waves.”South Africa, which has a surplus capacity to hospitalization, also relaxed the restrictions on gatherings. It raised their maximum indoor and outdoor capacities to 1000 people.
Also, alcohol shops that are licensed to be open past 11:00pm (local) were allowed. “revert back to full license conditions.”South Africans were encouraged to continue following “basic health protocols”According to the government, mask-wearing is still required in public areas and would be considered a crime if it was not.
According to the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC), 60% to 80% were infected with Covid-19 by previous exposure or through vaccination. The MAC also stated that around 10% of all Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, since most of those who are infected do not develop any symptoms.
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