- President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday morning in his weekly newsletter
- With the coronavirus pandemic continuing in South Africa, Ramaphosa touched on the subject
- The president indicated that the current situation may well be reality for SA for months to come still
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on the continued coronavirus lockdown.
In his weekly letter to the country, Ramaphosa explained that life would not be returning to normal any time soon.
"The national coronavirus alert level is now at 4, which means that extreme precautions remain in place to limit community transmission. Our goal is to steadily reduce the alert level by keeping the rate of infection down and getting our health system ready for the inevitable increase in cases. As the lockdown is gradually eased, life will slowly return. But it will not be life as we knew it before."
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The president warned South Africans that the crisis is set to continue for the next year, if not more.
"While there is still much about the pandemic that is unknown, experts now agree that the virus will remain a threat to global public health for some time. We must therefore be prepared to continue to live with the coronavirus among us for a year or even more. We must be prepared for a new reality in which the fight against Covid-19 becomes part of our daily existence."
The lockdown itself is set to only worsen, with Ramaphosa cautioning that the next level of lockdown will be more difficult than Level 4.
"The transition to the next phase of the coronavirus response, that of recovery, will be more difficult than the present one. The risk of infection outbreaks will increase. The demands on our clinics and hospitals and medical personnel will grow. That is why easing the lockdown restrictions must not result in careless behaviour by individuals or reckless practices by businesses keen to resume activity at the cost of human health."
However, Ramaphosa was adamant that the crisis would eventually pass even if it wasn't clear when.
"The coronavirus crisis will pass. But for as long as it remains a threat to the lives of our people, we must remain vigilant, diligent and responsible. Now, more than ever, it is upon the conduct of each that depends the fate of all."
Briefly.co.za reported that Covid-19 cases increased to 10 015 and 194 fatalities on Monday.
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