South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla has repealed the country’s remaining coronavirus-related restrictions, including the wearing of masks, curbs on gathering sizes and border checks for COVID-19.
Phaahla earlier this week suggested the restrictions be dropped following the decline in hospitalizations and reported cases.
Premier Alan Winde has stressed the focus now should be about the economy and creating more jobs.
Meanwhile, the country’s inflation has surged above the central bank’s target range for the first time in more than five years, raising the prospect of policymakers raising borrowing costs by the biggest margin in almost two decades this year.
Annual inflation accelerated to 6.5% in May, from 5.9% a month prior (April).