COVID-19 Update | 1 April 2022

New Government plan is on the cards, to lift South Africa’s national state of disaster:
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that the government wants to lift the State of Disaster by 5 April following the gazetting of new regulations aimed at guiding the country’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per President Cyril Ramposa’s statement in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country is now entering a ‘new phase of the pandemic’.
Key elements of the proposed regulations include making the wearing of face masks mandatory in public spaces, such as shops, certain workplaces and in public transit as part of the general measures instituted to contain the spread of notifiable medical conditions that can spread through droplets or aerosol, this will exclude children under the age of six.
A full vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure would be required for people leaving the country and people who test positive for a notifiable medical condition before their departure out of the country may be subjected to mandatory quarantine.
If a person refuses to quarantine or go to a site of isolation as directed, a court order must be obtained to compel such a person to quarantine.
The new drafted amendments to the National Health Act is open to public comment.
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