Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa relaxes lockdown, cases hit 3953

Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa relaxes lockdown, cases hit 3953

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the national lockdown will begin lifting from next week Friday. explores this and other top updates on the situation.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the plan for South Africa to slowly start emerging from the current coronavirus lockdown. explores this and more updates on the fight against the virus.

1. Covid-19: President Ramaphosa relaxes lockdown slightly to Level 4

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to Level 4 on May 1. This is part of the phased approach to end the current lockdown.

This means that certain restrictions, including the sale of cigarettes, will be lifted while others remain in place.

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.

2. Covid-19: Western Cape surpasses Gauteng as cases in SA hit 3 953

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has spiked to 3 953.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented.

"We are observing a steady increase in the number of positive cases. While this concerns us we are also pleased that the intensified community screening and testing campaign is assisting in finding more Covid-19 positive patients. This allows us to take the neccessary actions such as isolation, quarantine of hospitalisation if required."

3. Trump and USA pledge support for SA following Ramaphosa’s call

President Cyril Ramaphosa engaged in a positive discussion with US President Donald Trump. Ramaphosa confirmed the call yielded great results and that he conveyed his condolences for the lives lost to Covid-19 in the US.

The president also confirmed that Trump has vowed to support South Africa in the fight against the pandemic.

Ramaphosa shared the news via Twitter and noted the strong reaction. More than 6 000 people liked the news, but not everyone was on the same page.

4. Covid-19: US government sends SA additional R250 million in aid

The United States government has donated R250 million in a bid to help South Africa fight the coronavirus.

The US embassy in South Africa has confirmed this brings the total donations made by the US up to R410 million, over $21.5 million.

US ambassador Lana Marks commented that the financial aid had initially been donated to pay for surveillance, lab support, infection prevention and control, emergency operation centres and other vital resources to help improve SA's response to the virus.

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