The South African Cabinet has approved several changes to the adjusted alert Level 1 of Covid-19 regulations. These changes are based on the trajectory of the pandemic and the levels of vaccination in the country. Those who test positive with no symptoms don’t have too self-isolate. But for those who do test positive and are symptomatic, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days. Contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms. At the same time, schools will also return to full-time learning and the 1m social distancing has been scrapped. Cabinet says the rationale for these amendments is informed by the proportion of people with immunity to Covid-19 which has risen substantially.
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