Citizen Reporter
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23 Jun 2022
11:32 am

WATCH LIVE: Health minister to unpack Covid-19 regulations and mask mandate

Citizen Reporter

Epidemiological analysis points show South Africa exited the recent fifth wave.

Picture - Ina Fassbender / AFP)

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla will address the nation on Thursday to “unpack the recent government gazette on Covid-19 health regulations and mask mandates.

Update to Covid-19 regulations

The media briefing follows after government on Wednesday said regulations pertaining to gatherings, international travel, and masks have expired.

Watch: Mask mandate media briefing

You can watch the briefing on Youtube, Twitter or Facebook

In a letter to MECs, Phaahla said epidemiological analysis points show South Africa exited the recent fifth wave and new Covid-19 infections are on the decline.

The leaked memo dated 20 June 2022 included a recommendation made by Dr Phaahla, noting a “decline in other critical indicators” as well, such as hospitalisation and deaths.

Back in March, Dr Phaahla said most Covid-19 health protocols would “become obsolete” once 70% of South Africa’s population is vaccinated.

He said once the country reaches the 70% mark, there would be “enough protection” for the remaining measures and mandates to fall away.