South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the removal of lockdown restrictions on the economy after the government says all indications show South Africa had reached the peak of COVID-19 infections.
Ramaphosa said in a televised address, South Africa has moved beyond the inflection point of the curve and his cabinet had decided to move to lower, “level two” restrictions from today, Monday.
The government also said it would end the ban on alcohol and tobacco and allow restaurants and taverns to return to normal business, subject to strict hygiene regulations. The government is also lifting the ban on inter-provincial travel.
South Africa saw a surge in Coronavirus infections with nearly 584,000 cases and 11,677 deaths that left the nation with the fifth highest number of cases in the world.
Cameroon Probes Kamto For ‘Plan To Trigger Insurrection’
Cameroon`s opposition leader Maurice Kamto is being investigated by the police on allegations that he wanted to cause an insurrection in the central African country.
The leader of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) party, Kamto had called for peaceful protests last week to push for electoral reforms, a resolution of the ongoing crisis in the Anglophone regions, and the resignation of long-time president Paul Biya but he could not lead the march because the security services put him under house arrest, and he has since not been allowed out of his home. Several opposition members were also arrested as security forces manned the streets.
A group of his lawyers went to the national delegation of public security and to the national gendarmerie to find out why he is being held under house arrest and were told, an investigation will be opened on him in the coming days on grounds that he tried to cause an insurrection.
Kamto demanding an explanation from the Cameroonian government during in an interview on Monday, for what he calls a de facto house arrest as a result of deployed law enforcement patrolling his residence day and night following demonstrations by his party last Tuesday against president Paul Biya`s regime.
South Africa Reports Record Job Losses
South African government’s statistics agency, says the nation`s economy has lost 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020- the largest fall on record.
South Africa’s lockdown – one of the strictest in the world – led to the largest economic contraction ever in the second quarter.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) defines an unemployed person as someone who is actively looking for a job – and because of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, it says most people who lost their jobs during that time were unable to look for a new one.
A clearer picture of the unemployment rate comes from stats SA’s figure for the number of people who were not economically active between March and June – the strictest period of the lockdown.
That figure is reported to have increased by 5.3 million people to 20.5 million.
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