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Ramaphosa address: Data ‘now looks good’ to ease Level 4 restrictions

SA is now in a good position to move out of Level 4 restrictions, according to the latest data – and Cyril Ramaphosa now has a choice to make.

Ramaphosa level 4 restrictions

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What a difference a few days can make: During his last address to the nation, Cyril Ramaphosa had no choice but to prolong Level 4 restrictions – however, the picture seems much more favourable for the country going forward.

Will Level 4 restrictions end on Sunday?

That’s because the third wave of COVID-19 has officially peaked in South Africa. Don’t get it twisted, we are very far from being out of the woods just yet, but almost all of the relevant data points to a positive road ahead.

Some of the key indicators, usually consulted to decide SA’s lockdown status, are now trending DOWNWARDS. The huge surge of infections in Gauteng has been brought under control, and although there are virus waves rising in other provinces, none are expected to go through the trauma previously faced by Mzansi’s central business hub.

Cases, hospitalisations, test positivity rates drop

Ridhwaan Suliman, one of the best-known number-crunchers for our COVID data, uploaded more statistics to his Twitter page on Sunday. The CSIR researcher mapped how cases, test positivity rates, and hospitalisations have all plummeted within the last week. The news is overwhelmingly positive, as we hope to see an end to Level 4 restrictions.

Level 4 restrictions may end, but caution MUST remain

Sadly, deaths remain uncomfortably high, and the gains we’ve made in terms of cases and hospitalisations are encouraging, yet still modest at this point. Yes, President Ramaphosa is likely to bring an end to Level 4 restrictions on Sunday night – but he will have to remain mindful of the grave threat posed by the Delta variant.

“As of Saturday 24 July, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in SA is 2 368 105 – with 12 056 new cases reported. Today 413 deaths have been reported, bringing the total of deaths throughout the pandemic to 69 488 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 2 147 168 with a recovery rate of 90.7%.”

SA Health Department