Amid a third wave, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced recently that South Africa will move to adjusted level 3 which means that restaurants can reopen and alcohol sales can resume.
South Africa is currently in the eye of the storm with thousands of newly-recorded COVID-19 cases a day and the COVID-related death toll nearing 73 000 on 1 August.
Let’s remember these words by president, Cyril Ramaphosa so that we can stay educated be healthy and avoid further transmission and unnecessary deaths:
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In a national address on Sunday, 11 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about the Progress in national effort to contain the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and announced the following amended level 4 restrictions:
Restrictions still in place:
South Africa is still currently battling a third wave with up to 16 000 new cases recorded daily.
Here’s how you can stay safe and avoid the spread this winter by limiting contact with others.
As numbers continue to climb in the third wave, it is crucial to know as much as possible about COVID-19, its variants and their symptoms.
For most of the pandemic, the Beta variant of the coronavirus had been dominant in South Africa. The Acting Health Minister announced in June, that the Delta variant is becoming more dominant during the third wave in South Africa.
The Delta variant is said to be more transmissible and deadly, with a wider range of people being susceptible to infection: those who are fit, healthy, free of disease and vaccinated, as well as infants.
The following symptoms can be found in Delta variant:
We’ve come to learn that the greater issue with COVID-19 is that it spreads very easily. Many carriers can be almost entirely symptom free and still spread the disease without realising it.
Ensuring that you wear a mask at all times when in public and keeping high-alcohol-based hand sanitiser with you will help curb the spread.
Visit our blog for more helpful information on taking care of your health.
In an effort to contain the ever-rising COVID-19 infections in SA, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday, 27 June, lockdown level 4, with many businesses having to close their doors from Monday, 28 June, until at least 11 July.
Ramaphosa added that the average number of daily new infections was more than doubling, hospital admissions were rising, and deaths from COVID-19 were increasing by nearly 50%.
Here are a few lockdown level 4 restrictions to take note of:
Click here for the Disaster Management Act and a full list of regulations.
More information that might be of help:
Summary of 5 stages of alert levels
The winter cold has brought everyone indoors, consequently adding to rising COVID cases with as many as 13 000 new cases a day by mid June.
These staggering numbers resulted in President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing Adjusted Alert Level 3 with more restrictions put in place from 16 June 2021.
These lockdown restrictions include:
Click here for the Disaster Management Act and a full list of regulations.
More information that might be of help:
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that South Africa will, after two months of Level 3, move to Level 1.
This has allowed a new easing of regulations such as:
1 Later curfew: from midnight to 04:00.
2 Alcohol sales: all previous restrictions have been lifted. Normal trade will be allowed (including over the weekends) except for sales during curfew.
3 Nightclubs will remain closed.
4 Gatherings permitted: religious, social, political and cultural meetings will be allowed provided that they adhere to these and other health protocols:
• People must stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other.
• Indoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, and may allow up to 100 people.
• Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, but can allow up to 250 people.
5 Failure to wear a mask remains a criminal offence.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced eased level 3 of the lockdown, including reopened parks and beaches with a later curfew.
Here are the changes:
While new infections are declining, the country needs to remain alert.
Many vaccines are being developed and have reached phase 3 trials to ensure the safety of a vaccine. While the Government waits for regulatory approval, they have developed a strategy to roll out the vaccine as efficiently as possible.
This is what we know:
For more on the vaccine roll-out plan, visit the Government’s website by clicking here.
17 September 2020
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to level 1 of the lockdown, starting midnight Sunday, 20 September.
Here are the changes:
Although this comes as great news to South Africans, the government warned of a threat of a ‘second wave’ of infections.
“Vital precautionary measures must be maintained to prevent a new spike in COVID-19 cases,” the South African Presidency tweeted on Wednesday.
Tips to avoid a second wave of infections:
- Continue wearing a mask while out and about
- Maintain a distance of one-and-a-half-meters from others at all times
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
2 September 2020
Curbing the spread of Covid-19 is as easy as avoiding these three Cs:
17 August 2020
The country has entered lockdown level 2 at midnight on Monday, 17 August.
Here are some of the changes expected:
3 August 2020
South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have passed half a million, pushing the total to 511 485.
Just over three million people in South Africa have been tested for the virus so far, with more than 340 000 recoveries.
Click here to download our COVID-19 infographic where we share tips on how to avoid being infected and what to do if you do become infected.
23 July 2020
South Africa Corona Tracker: The only independent World Health Organization (WHO) recognized one-stop platform for verified data and news.
Click here: www.coronatracker.com/country/south-africa
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
13 July 2020
Click here, for a full list of amended regulations.
10 July 2020
The Texas Medical Association recently published a chart ranking how risky normal activities are, according to doctors.
Moderate-To-Low Risk Activities:
Moderate Risk Activities:
Moderate-To-High Risk Activities:
Keep yourself and others safe through social distancing, hand washing, proper mask-wearing techniques and, best of all, staying home as much as possible.
Click here to read the full article and for a full list of risk factors.
Click here for the chart published by The Texas Medical Association.
07 July 2020
"The National Department of Health, therefore, recommends that everyone in South Africa should wear a cloth face-mask (also known as a non-medical mask) when in public. Commuters travelling in taxis and other forms of public transport, as well as people spending time in spaces where physical distancing is difficult to practice, are particularly encouraged to wear cloth face-masks."
29 June 2020
“It infuriates me when I see people not wearing masks in public spaces like shops, malls or walkways. In the beginning few weeks of the lockdown, the majority of South Africans obeyed the call for mask-wearing, physical distancing and handwashing.
But as time has passed, many people have adopted a so-what attitude, seemingly based on the belief that either they are too young and healthy to get the virus, or that if they get the virus, their symptoms will only be mild and they will be A-okay.”
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12 June 2020
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3 June 2020
To find those most at risk of Coronavirus, you will ONLY be tested if:
Click here for more information: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/
1 June 2020
Monday, 1 June, marks the start of Lockdown Level 3 with the Government introducing a new list of regulations.
As of 31 May, South Africa has had a total of 32 683 confirmed COVID-19 cases and, sadly, a total of 683 deaths. Despite the slow rise in positive cases, the Government has gone ahead with slowly phasing out the lockdown structure.
Here is a list of dos and don’ts during lockdown level 3:
You may leave your home to:
It’s imperative that:
Everyone must continue to wear a mask, wash their hands regularly and keep their distance from others at all times
What goods may be purchased:
It’s very important that every person still follows strict social distancing protocols to help limit the spread of the virus.
For more information on Level 3 regulations, click here.
29 April 2020
The South African Department of Health have confirmed that there are 4 996 COVID-19 cases, with a total of 93 related deaths.
Here’s a summary of each province and the amount of citizens that have tested positive for COVID-19:
This is a developing story, constantly updated throughout. Last updated: 29 April 2020
Amidst the growing number of infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a five-level risk adjustment strategy which will slowly ease the country’s lockdown restrictions from 1 May.
Click here for a summary of the five stages of alert: https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_documents/stages.jpg
21 April 2020
The South African Government has recently acknowledged and is working on a growing issue: food scarcity for those less fortunate following a nationwide lockdown that will continue until the end of April.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Tuesday evening, 21 April, to discuss the Government’s future plans to find sustainable solutions to help the most vulnerable citizens weather the difficult times that are still to come.
We’ve put together a list of sources if you’d like to donate food or money to help the hunger crisis:
Here are a few more sources where you can keep up to date on the progress of the Coronavirus in SA:
16 April 2020
Take the Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment test to determine your risk profile. Click here to take the test.
15 April 2020
GetSavvi Health members have access to the following benefits to help them during lockdown.
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8 April 2020
Well made cloth masks do not replace the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene. They may offer
some extra protection if well made and used correctly.
Read more about cloth masks and the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene by clicking here.
7 April 2020
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced a plan to send 10 000 field workers to people’s homes to screen for COVID-19 and send those who need further treatment to a mobile testing facility.
The Government is in the process of rolling out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.
What is home screening?
Field workers will go from door-to-door to assess and screen you for the virus.
Each province has been given the go-ahead to start working on this strategy. We’ll keep you updated on the progress here at GetSavvi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.
Furthermore, the Government has purchased over 60 mobile testing facilities. The mobile units will be used for rapid testing and those who test positive will be quarantined.
Here is a list of the location of these mobile testing facilities. Please check back for updates on a testing facility in your vicinity.
[Updated: 7 April]
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Cape Town Metro sub-districts
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3 April 2020
South Africa is keeping safe with a 21-day lockdown where we should stay inside our homes and only go out for essentials like food or medication.
We’ve put together a list of steps that you can take to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 when leaving home to get your essentials.
Use your elbow, knuckles or even cover your finger with a tissue when you’re pressing the elevator button or punching in your pin code at the ATM.
When you’re out to either do grocery shopping or buying medication at your local pharmacy, be sure to keep your distance from others.
Avoid paying with cash at all costs.
Avoid picking up fresh produce at the grocery store with your bare hands and putting it back on the shelf. If you need to inspect your fruits and vegetables to make sure they’re ripe, grab a plastic bag (used to store the fresh produce) and cover your hand while you test them.
Rather opt for a friendly smile or if you need to greet a person, reach out your elbow as a sign of affection.
When you get home, leave the grocery bags with your groceries outside of your home and use disinfectant on a cloth and wipe down every item before you bring it inside your home.
You must wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home.
Read the full blog with accompanying video tutorial on Grocery Shopping Tips by clicking here.
24 March 2020
As a country, we are all facing a challenging time managing and limiting the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
GetSavvi Health would like to update you on our approach to the pandemic and our response to President Ramaphosa’s declaration of a three-week lockdown.
What does lockdown mean?
Lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes. The goal of a nation-wide lockdown is to avoid the spread of the virus and to save the lives of South Africans.
South Africa will go on lockdown midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight 16 April.
What essential services will be available?
Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential services will remain open.
This means you will be able to do the following under lockdown:
All non-essential activities are suspended and those who do not adhere to it can be punished with imprisonment for up to one month or a fine.
We continue to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and remain alert regarding potential risks to our business. The President provided details on the actions being taken by the Government to stop the spread of this virus and the role that businesses need to play in protecting our communities.
As our valued members, we want to reassure you that Operations will continue as normal but we have implemented the following precautions:
Our operating hours during lockdown are:
• Mondays to Fridays, 08h00-15h00
• Saturdays and Sunday, closed
• We encourage members to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where our staff will respond promptly.
• Walk-in members will be discouraged from entering the building, and your details will be taken by security so that we can make contact with you.
One of the key ways to make sure you stay healthy during a pandemic is by keeping your immune system in tiptop shape.
Our FeelBetterFast benefit offers our members immune support by giving them access to the following medication when they visit a pharmacy clinic:
Read our FeelBetterFast blog to learn how to make use of this benefit: FeelBetterFast with GetSavvi Health
20 March 2020
On Thursday 19 March, The South African Government announced additional regulations to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Full List of People Infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19): www.nicd.ac.za/covid-19-update-21/
Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
Novel coronavirus 2019 (that causes COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is the virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two or as long as 14 days after exposure:
Get tested if you show symptoms and have:
Here's a list of the places across the country you can visit to get tested if you suspect you have been infected with the virus. Please note: Only do so if instructed by the government hotline or advice of a health practitioner.
Click here, for the full list of places to get tested in South Africa.
If you’re concerned, call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) general public hotline on 0800-029-999, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.