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World Coronavirus: South Africa continues the progressive lifting of its confinement

16:40  25 may  2020
16:40  25 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Coronavirus: record increase of 1,160 cases in South Africa

 Coronavirus: record increase of 1,160 cases in South Africa © Karel PRINSLOO A minibus driver gives an alcoholic gel to a passenger in Soweto (South Africa) on May 11, 2020 South Africa announced on Sunday 1,160 new case of coronavirus contamination, the highest daily assessment since the registration of the first case in March, according to the Ministry of Health. In total, the country has recorded 15,515 cases of Covid-19. The tourist province of the Western Cape cumulates nearly 60% of the cases.

Une femme porte un masque de protection pendant une distribution alimentaire à Diepsloot, près de Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud, le 8 mai 2020. © REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko A woman wears a protective mask during a food distribution in Diepsloot, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 8, 2020.

This Sunday, the Head of State, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a series of effective measures as of next week, notably the lifting of the curfew and the reopening of certain businesses. Yet the country continues to see an increase in the Covid-19 epidemic. South Africa has passed the 22,000 mark.

After 57 days of strict confinement , it is a semblance of normalcy that returns to South Africa. As of June 1, the curfew will be lifted, most businesses will be able to reopen, the sale of alcohol will be authorized and secondary schools will open their doors.

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On the other hand, the borders will remain closed, public gatherings prohibited and the restaurants, bars and hairdressing salons will remain closed, warned President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"It's about opening up the economy a little more," said the head of state, but if the spread of the epidemic accelerates , "we will have to come back to more severe measures" , he warned. The situation in Cape Province - which accounts for half of the infections nationally - is particularly worrying.

Critics of the opposition

This announcement comes too late for the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), which deplores the damage to the country's economy. And it is too fast for the radical left party, the Fighters for Economic Freedom (EFF), which is concerned about the employers' failure to comply with health measures. One of the country's largest gold mines had to be closed this Sunday after 164 workers tested positive for Covid-19.

According to scientists, the country should reach a peak of contamination between August and September.

Deconfinement in South Africa: lifting of the curfew and reopening of shops .
© REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko Africa is preparing to start a partial deconfinement, but restrictions will be maintained in the areas most affected by the pandemic. Here in a Johannesburg mall. The government has decided, as of Monday, to further loosen its containment measures. The country goes to level 3 health alert, to allow a breathless economy to revive. Despite the spread of the epidemic, measures such as the lifting of a curfew or the reopening of most businesses are now being applied.

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