COVID-19-related fatalities have steadily risen in recent weeks, with an additional 25 deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
According to the latest statistics, the pandemic has claimed 89 822 lives since its outbreak in March 2019.
The Department of Health reports an increase in COVID19 cases in South Africa has risen to 2 963 679, with 2 273 new cases reported.
Based on 2 849 439 recovery cases, the health authorities say the recoupment rate stands at 96.1%.
President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation on Sunday that, in taking the decision not to impose further restrictions, his Coordinating Council and Cabinet considered how vaccines were far less widely available in previous waves of infection, and how fewer people were vaccinated.
“This is no longer the case. Vaccines are free to anyone aged 12 and above, and are available at hundreds of thousands of locations throughout the country,” said Ramaphosa.
According to the President, it is known the coronavirus will be with us for the long term, urging South African to find ways of managing the pandemic while limiting disruptions to the economy and ensuring continuity.
However, said President Ramaphosa this approach will not be sustainable if we do not increase the vaccination rate, if we do not wear masks, or if we fail to adhere to basic health precautions.
Health Minister, Dr. Joe Phaahla has urged citizens to avoid crowds, wear masks, wash hands, sanitise and vaccinate.
“The fact of the matter is that we also have an additional tool, which is the vaccination, which will help us to avert serious illness and ending up in hospitals, ICU and succumbing to this virus,” said the Minister.