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LIVE BLOG: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says if COVID-19 cases spike, back to restrictions

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will address the nation on the nitty-gritty of the Level 1 lockdown regulations.

WATCH LIVE: The National Coronavirus Command Council, led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on the nitty-gritty of the Level 1 lockdown regulations.



Dlamini-Zuma is done and makes way for other ministers.

The minister has reiterated that if people don't wear masks and cases spike again, we';; go back to restrictions 

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

It's time for Q&A time...

The minister is currently translating her speech in Zulu...

This is not allowed under Level 1:
Night vigils
35 borders closed
Night clubs
Initiation schools
Cruise ships
Sports spectators
International sports

"We haven't overcome it [COVID-19], we are not out of the woods yet." Dlamini-Zuma said.

The minister says don't forget the curfew, which is from 00:01 to 04:00.

Cruise ships are still not allowed to operate but buses and taxis can operate locally.

Dlamini-Zuma says international travel will be allowed from 1 October but there will be a schedule of countries who will not be allowed because of their infection rate.

The minister stresses the importance of small numbers of people gathering at events like funerals and churches. 

"100 is the maximum." The minister stresses this for funeral attendance. 

"We must continue to wash our hands, wear our masks and social distance," Dlamini-Zuma says.

The minister says the virus still remains a threat. "The virus doesn't move. It moves with people."

The minister notes the decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma starts by thanking all South Africans for following the "difficult" protocols to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Here we go, we are live!

However, Ramaphosa has stressed the importance of mask-wearing, social distancing, and limits on crowds and gatherings will still be in place during Level 1.

Curfew limits, international travel, and even lighter restrictions on alcohol are all up for discussion on Friday. 

So what will be discussed today?

The president said things like funeral number attendees would increase from 50 to 100, liquor places can sell until 19:00... 
Various ministers will also get the chance to discuss changes concerning their own departments.


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to level 1 on Sunday from midnight.

The NCCC, led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will address the nation on the nitty-gritty of the Level 1 lockdown regulations.

Hello and welcome to EWN's live blog about the The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) outlining details of lockdown level 1.