While South Africa will move to alert level 2 of the national lockdown at midnight on 17 August 2020, current restrictions such as international travel will remain in place to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

In addition, the country will maintain its 50 people limit on gatherings, which among others, include funerals and religious events.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Cabinet’s decision to move the entire country to alert level 2 on Saturday night.

The President’s announcement comes as the country marked five months since it declared a national state of disaster to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As we look back at the past five months, all indications are that South Africa has reached the peak and moved beyond the inflection point of the curve.

“Most of our health facilities have proven resilient, capable and able to withstand and deal with the surge,” said the President.

According to the President, modelled projections of infections, hospitalisation and deaths have had to be adjusted downwards, as the country is recording better progress in the management of the disease.

“The move to level 2 means that we can remove nearly all of the restrictions on the resumption of economic activity across most industries,” said the President.

In terms of government’s risk adjusted strategy in dealing with the pandemic, alert level 2 means that there is a moderate COVID-19 spread, with a relatively high level of readiness in the health system.