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WATCH – Ramaphosa’s full speech on South Africa moving to lockdown level 2

Watch the full speech as South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the nation will move to lockdown level 2 after the outbreak reached it peak and a 41.6 percent drop of daily Covid-19 infections was achieved. 

Ramaphosa reassures his people that they have made tremendous strides in the fight against Covid-19 though the nation experienced a tough five months.

Ramaphosa says the decision to move to lock-down level 2 was reached after the number of new confirmed cases in the country dropped down from a peak of more than 12,000 a day to an average around 5,000 a day over the past week.

Ramaphosa in lockdown level 2 says all restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted, accommodation, hospitality venues, and tours will be permitted according to approved protocols to ensure social distancing.

Restaurants, bars, and taverns under lockdown level 2 will be permitted to operate according to approved protocols as to times of operation and numbers of people.

Ramaphosa notes that restrictions on the sale of tobacco will be lifted while the suspension of the sale of alcohol will be lifted subject to certain restrictions. Ramaphosa also announces that alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments only up until 10 pm.