National State of Disaster extended again

National State of Disaster extended again

While our National State of Disaster's being extended by another month,  there's a relief for the hospitality and tourism industries. 

President Ramaphosa
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"We are also opening up all international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols, by utilising rapid tests and strict monitoring, we intend to limit the spread through importation by those who will be travelling to our country. 

Travellers will still need to undergo a Covid-19 test and present a negative result, not older than 72 hours from departure. Addressing the nation last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that normal liquor sales will resume. 

"The amending of alert level 1 regulation to restore normal trading hours, for instance, the sale of alcohol at the retail outlets. " 

Ramaphosa says they want all sectors of the economy to return to full operation as quickly and safely as possible. He says he's pleased with South Africa's fight against the spread of Covid-19 but more needs to be done. 

READ: Ramaphosa: ‘Don’t be too merry this festive season’

"I know that many of us are suffering from Coronavirus fatigue. 

The problem is that we have begun to forget that the virus is still present around us. Many countries are in the midst of a second wave of the infections which often been more severe than the first one. 

"What we are seeing brings home a very difficult truth that COVID-19 is far from over and it will remain with us for some time to come," said Ramaphosa.  

To date,  60 more people have died in the country, after they'd contracted the virus, bringing the number of fatalities, to 20 011. The number of confirmed cases has climbed to over 742 394, after a spike in new infections. 

The Health Ministry's registered more than 2 140 in the last 24 hours. 

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