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Health Minister says SA and the world have reached turning point against COVID

Health Minister, Joe Phaahla has formally cancelled coronavirus pandemic regulations relating to wearing face masks, public gatherings and people entering the country.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla. Picture: @GCISMedia/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, said the country and the world have reached a major turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phaahla has formally cancelled coronavirus pandemic regulations relating to wearing face masks, public gatherings and people entering the country.

The Minister said the government monitored the course of the pandemic and found that the COVID-19 5th wave was driven by subvariants and not a new variant of concern.

Phaahla said the decision to lift regulations requiring the wearing of masks indoors, limitations on gatherings as well as those requiring vaccination proof or PCR negative tests at Ports of Entry received full support, including by the Presidential Coordinating Council and Cabinet yesterday.

“The COVID-19 virus is still around, it’s not gone it’s still here, we are just stronger than before, especially with vaccination and we urge those not yet vaccinated to come forward and those due for boosters to also come forward,” said the minister.

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