Level one at last, but at what risk as polls loom?

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Level one at last, but at what risk as polls loom?

To accelerate a return to normality, Ramaphosa also announces ramped-up vaccine drive

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Local government election campaigning poses the greatest risk for another Covid-19 surge, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday night - but with the vote one month away, he nonetheless announced an easing in lockdown laws that could result in super-spreader events.

For the first time since the end of May 2021 - and for just the second time since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March last year - SA will, from Friday, be under lockdown level 1.

It was a decision, the president said, that came in the context of drastically reduced infections from the third wave heights of 20,000 daily cases. But, Ramaphosa admitted, it was a decision that came with risks, particularly in the context of campaigning for the November 1 local government elections...

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