- President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed South Africa once again on Thursday evening
- Ramaphosa outlined the government's plan to adopt a phased approach to relaxing lockdown restrictions
- This comes after Ramaphosa announced a R500 billion economic and social relief package earlier this week
President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed South Africans on Thursday evening about the phased approach being taken to relax lockdown restrictions.
With the number of cases spiking to 3 953, the risk posed by the virus remained a real threat to the safety of South Africans.
While the lockdown will begin lifting on Thursday 30 April as planned, the relaxation would be gradual with Ramaphosa noting that an immediate lifting of the lockdown could result in a resurgence in cases.
Ramaphosa announced that there would be 5 coronavirus level, with the 5th level needing drastic measures in place, while the 1st level meaning that life may almost return to normal.
South Africa will enter level 4 from May 1, meaning that extreme precautions to limit community transmission and outbreaks would be in place, while allowing some activity to resume.
This means that certain businesses will be allowed to operate, but under strict health regulations according to Ramaphosa. Bars, shebeens, theatres and cinemas will remain closed during this time.
The borders of South Africa will remain closed during this time and no interprovincial travel will be allowed to take place except for under special circumstances.
Public transport will still be allowed to operate, but still under controlled regulations. People will be allowed to exercise.
The sale of cigarettes will be permitted from this date, with the range of goods allowed to be sold being expanded to include more items.
Ramaphosa urged citizens to limit the spread of the coronavirus by reducing their movement and continuing practices such as social distancing and using hand sanitiser. Every citizen was also urged to wear a cloth mask.
Briefly.co.za reported that earlier in the evening Ramaphosa and US President Donald Trump had a chat, with the nation pledging to support South Africa in the continued battle against Covid-19.
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