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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, 9/12/2021 – Image: GCIS/ Flickr

COVID-19 in SA: Govt eases protocols – fulltime learning resumes

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says Cabinet met on Monday and approved some changes to COVID-19 regulations

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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, 9/12/2021 – Image: GCIS/ Flickr

With South Africa having officially exited the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, Cabinet has moved to relax some of the protocols that were deemed critical when the pandemic first struck.

Cabinet held a special meeting on Monday, 31 January 2022 and approved changes to the Adjusted Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has said.

“This follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) which received updates on the management of COVID-19 in South Africa. The information gathered through the system used by the Department of Health has reported that South Africa has exited the fourth wave nationally,” Gungubele said.


Government says based on the trajectory of the pandemic and the levels of vaccination in the country, the following changes are to be enforced with immediate effect:

  • Those who test positive with no symptoms do not have to isolate
  • If you test positive with symptoms, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days
  • Contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms

“The rationale for these amendments is informed by the proportion of people with immunity to COVID-19 which has risen substantially, exceeding 60-80% in several sero-surveys,” Gungubele says.


In addition, Cabinet has announced that from Tuesday, 1 February 2022, pupils can return to school full time and do away with its rotational timetable.

“Primary, secondary and special schools will return to daily attendance. The regulatory provision for social distancing of 1meter for learners in schools has also been removed,” Gungubele added.

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla and his counterpart in Basic Education Angie Motshekga will be issuing directives in the coming days.

“Government commends all South Africans who continue to observe COVID-19 regulations and protocols. We also remind those who are yet to get vaccinated to go for their COVID-19 vaccination and continue observing basic health protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus”

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele