On Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to lockdown level-2 from May 31, Monday, after coronavirus cases continued surging amid the increasing fears of the third wave.

Ramaphosa said, “Based on the recommendation on the sustained increase in new cases in the last 14 days, increased hospital admissions in almost all provinces…Cabinet has therefore decided that the country will be placed on Adjusted Alert Level 2 with effect from tomorrow.”

The provinces of Free State, Northern Cape, North West, and Gauteng have reached the entrance of the third wave of infections. Ramaphosa further added that under the second level of lockdown, the night curfew will begin at 11 pm and end at 4 am.

The president has urged people to continue maintaining social distance and wear the mask. He reported that South Africa had vaccinated nearly 480,000 health workers during its first phase, and more than 67 percent of public health workers got vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine.