Health Minister recommends dropping last coronavirus restrictions

22 Jun 2022


“Health Minister Joe Phaahla has proposed scrapping the coronavirus regulations that require mask wearing indoors, limit the size of gatherings and stipulate testing and vaccination requirements for travellers to SA,” reported Business Day (22 June 2022).

“In a leaked memo to health MECs, dated June 20, the Minister said SA had exited the recent spike in cases, or fifth wave, which the current regulations were promulgated to mitigate. The regulations, published in the government gazette on May 4, were brought in at a time when new cases were rapidly rising, and the status of the epidemic was “very concerning and unpredictable”, the Minister said.