By: Kaya 959 News
The South African national state of disaster has been extended again.
The country declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act last year on 15 March 2020. This was to deal with the dire impact of the coronavirus virus on the country.
The current term was meant to come to an end today, but it has been extended until 15 May 2021.
The extension was announced by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a gazette that was published on Wednesday, 14 April 2021.
It takes into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic.
This comes as the health department continues to deal with challenges in the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize outlined some of these hurdles to parliament yesterday.
Earlier this week, he called for calm and patience after temporarily suspending the Johnson and Johnson vaccine rollout.
The suspension comes after health authorities recommended a pause pending an investigation into six reported cases of rare blood clots in patients who received the vaccine in the US.
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