School children in South Africa are no longer mandated to wear nose masks in school.
The announcement on Thursday comes at a time when South Africa has reported a new wave of covid 19 in the country, the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) warned in late April.
The plan for children to wear masks in school was part of the government’s plans to limit the spread of covid 19.
The new announcement does not affect adults in South Africa as they are still required to wear masks in enclosed public places, according to rules issued by the health department.
South Africa, is officially the continent’s most affected country by Covid-19. Here, less than 45% of the adult population is fully vaccinated out of a population of nearly 60 million. The country has officially recorded more than 3.8 million cases and some 100,350 deaths.
In early March, the country had gone 48 hours without a single Covid-19-related death, the first time this had happened since 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced in early April that all legal restrictions related to the pandemic would be lifted.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), two new Omicron sub-variants, whose virulences are yet to be determined, are causing the new wave of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
“South African scientists who identified Omicron late last year have now reported two more Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, as the cause of a spike in cases in South Africa,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
SOURCE: African news