- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa
- Speaking during a virtual liturgy ceremony on Good Friday, Ramaphosa noted an increase in infections to 1 934
- The president also noted with sadness that two more deaths had been reported, bringing the total to 20
President Cyril Ramaphosa has filled South Africa in on the latest number of coronavirus infections.
Speaking during a virtual liturgy ceremony on Good Friday with Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Ramaphosa confirmed cases are now at 1 934.
The number of deaths also saw an increase of two new fatalities from Thursday, rising to 20.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had announced on Thursday evening that the lockdown would be extended by two weeks in a national effort to preserve lives.
While Ramaphosa noted the immense impact of this move on the economy, he assured South Africans that all the evidence available pointed to the lockdown measures working to flatten the curve of infections.
Ramaphosa acknowledged the fear and uncertainty many citizens are feeling at this point in time:
"Many of us are anxious about our health and the health of our children. We worry how we will be able to make ends meet or if we will have jobs to go back to. The poorest of the poor worry where their next meal will come from. Our young people are unsure that they will be able to finish their studies or graduate. Business owners are counting the cost of the closures and what it will mean for them and those who depend on them to earn a living. Many feel vulnerable. Others feel frustrated and powerless. Many are afraid."
The President's message is one of hope and resilience in the face of this unseen enemy:
"But we South Africans are a resilient people. We endured the worst excesses of a dark past and were able to emerge, united and strong. The virtues of courage, of optimism and of compassion carried us along the path to freedom, and they are what sustain us today."
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