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South Africa relaxes its night curfew as the Covid-19 4th wave reaches peak

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According to Mondli Gungubele, a minister in the president, South Africa made the revisions based on the pandemic’s trajectory, levels of immunization in the country, and existing capacity in the health sector.

A government statement said on Thursday that South Africa has lifted a curfew on people’s movement from midnight to 4 a.m. with immediate effect, believing the country has passed the top of its fourth Covid-19 wave, which is driven by the Omicron strain. According to a news statement published by Mondli Gungubele, a minister in the president, the country made the revisions based on the pandemic’s trajectory, levels of immunization in the country, and existing capacity in the health system. South Africa is now on stage one of the Covid-19 alert system’s five stages. “All evidence suggests the country may have passed the crest of the fourth wave at a national level,” according to a statement released earlier on Thursday by the special cabinet meeting. According to the government, the number of new cases discovered in the week ending Dec. 25 was down 29.7% from the previous week’s total of 127,753, according to data from the Department of Health.

On all counts, South Africa has been the worst-affected country in Africa throughout the pandemic, with about 3.5 million infections and 91,000 fatalities. In addition to removing limits on public movement, the government has announced that gatherings will be limited to no more than 1,000 people indoors and 2,000 people outdoors. It also decided that alcohol shops with permits to operate past 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) can restore to full licensing terms, which is a welcome relief for traders and businesses hit hard by the pandemic and hoping to rebound during the holiday season.

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