February 1, 2022

Government makes changes to level 1 Covid-19 regulations as SA exits fourth wave


South Africa’s Cabinet on Monday approved changes to the Adjusted Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations following meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC).

The information gathered through the system used by the Department of Health has reported that South Africa has exited the fourth wave nationally.

According to a statement from the Presidency, based on the trajectory of the pandemic and the levels of vaccination in the country, Cabinet has decided to make the following changes to Adjusted Alert Level 1 with immediate effect:

  • Those who test positive with no symptoms do not have to isolate.
  • If you test positive with symptoms, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days.
  • Contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms.

The rationale for these amendments is informed by the proportion of people with immunity to COVID-19 which has risen substantially, exceeding 60-80% in several sero-surveys.

Cabinet also reviewed the resumption of schooling to full-time learning in all schools. Primary, secondary and special schools will return to daily attendance. The regulatory provision for social distancing of 1 metre for learners in schools has also been removed.

The Presidency said that the Ministers of Health and Basic Education would be issuing directives reflecting on this new approach.

“Government commends all South Africans who continue to observe COVID-19 regulations and protocols. We also remind those who are yet to get vaccinated to go for their COVID-19 vaccination and continue observing basic health protocols to prevent the transmission of the virus,” the statement said.


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