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South African Health Minister Joe Phaala urges strict compliance on wearing of wearing masks indoors, exempts school children

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Mr. Joe Phaala, South African Health Minister, has asked South Africans to continue wearing masks inside for the foreseeable future.

Mr. Joe Phaala, South African Health Minister, has asked South Africans to continue wearing masks inside for the foreseeable future.

School children were not allowed to wear masks at school, according to the ministry. Individuals who utilize buses and cabs are expected to follow the rules.

With almost 6000 new cases reported in the most recent reporting period, the country is once again facing a rise in the number of new cases.

Indoor activities that require a large number of people will invariably see a maximum of 50% of venue capacity occupied for indoor and outdoor gatherings, but attendees must be vaccinated and present a vaccination certificate or a valid negative Covid-19 test result that is less than 72 hours old, according to Mr. Phaala.

International visitors must be able to present a valid vaccination certificate or a valid negative PCR Covid-19 test result no more than 72 hours before their departure date, according to the laws.

They must undergo antigen testing when they arrive in the country if they do not have a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test. If the antigen findings are positive, the tourist will be admitted to the nation; however, if the passenger has Covid-19 symptoms, they must self-isolate for 10 days after arriving in South Africa.

Covid-19 is still a life-threatening condition, according to Phaahla, who added that the country isn’t out of the woods yet. People who have been fully vaccinated are encouraged to seek booster doses to strengthen their immunity.

The minister also stated that the public comment period on health rules will be extended by three months starting today. The deadline for submitting comments has been extended until July 5.

He said that doing so would give the department enough time to review and examine all of the comments and representations on the rules. Members of the public who have submitted comments during the public consultation process are not required to do so again.

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