The National State of Disaster on COVID-19 has been extended to 15 June 2021.
A statement released by Government read:
The extension considers the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to mitigate against the impact of the disaster on lives and livelihoods.
The extension has been approved by Cabinet in terms of Section 27(5)(c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).
The previous extension would have expired on 15 May.
On where the country currently stands with Covid, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, said:
As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 1 602 031, the total number of deaths is 54 968, the total number of recoveries is 1 519 734 and the total number of vaccines administered is 430 730.
Declaring a National State of Disaster means that the disaster, which in this case is the Covid-19 pandemic, affects more than one province which is unable to deal with it effectively and allows government to implement extraordinary measures to mitigate the damage of the disaster.
Cabinet encourages all to continue adhering to all COVID-19 health measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.