Covid-19. South Africa requires masks for children hours after lifting the measure


South Africa confirmed this Thursday the requirement for children to wear masks at school, shortly after announcing the lifting of the measure, at a time when Covid-19 infections are on the rise again. The South African Department of Health issued a statement to clarify “the confusion generated by an unfortunate and regrettable human error”, which led to the announcement of the end of this preventive measure, a few hours earlier.

The entire population, including children, must continue to comply with the rules established by the department to combat the pandemic, including the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places.

South Africa, officially the country most affected by covid-19 on the continent, has entered a new pandemic wave, warned the Center for Epidemiological Response and Innovation (CERI) at the end of April. As of Wednesday, more than 6,100 new cases had been detected, according to the authorities.

The country of nearly 60 million people, where less than 45% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, has officially recorded more than 3.8 million cases and around 100,350 deaths. At the beginning of March, there were 48 hours without a single death related to covid-19, which happened for the first time since 2020.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced, in early April, the lifting of all legal restrictions related to the pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two new Ómicron sub-variants, whose virulence has not yet been determined, are causing the new wave of the covid-19 pandemic in the country.

“South African scientists who identified Ómicron late last year have now reported two more sub-variants Ómicron – BA.4 and BA.5 – as the cause of a spike in cases in South Africa,” he said Wednesday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the fair.

The Government continues to insist that people be vaccinated. “The only way to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the pandemic and the current increase in positive cases is to get vaccinated and adhere to preventive measures at all times,” he said.


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