- After over two weeks of silence President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again addressed South Africans
- Ramaphosa detailed the way forward as the nation nears 50 days of Covid-19 lockdown
- SA will move towards Level 3 lockdown at the end of May, while hotspots would remain at Level 5
President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally addressed the nation on the current Covid-19 lockdown.
On Wednesday evening, Ramaphosa stood by the decision to place South Africa under lockdown.
"The lockdown that we have imposed was absolutely necessary. The infection rate would have soared and our healthcare system would have been overwhelmed."
Ramaphosa announced that the nation will be moving to Level 3 lockdown by the end of May, while regions with high infection rates will likely remain at higher levels.
Ramaphosa explained that the approach to easing the current restrictions would be taken with extreme caution.
"Easing the lockdown must be done with extreme caution to prevent the spikes in Covid-19 infections we have seen elsewhere in the world. Government’s differentiated approach will allow economic activity to resume while protecting public health"
The president discouraged kissing, hugging and other physical contact, urging citizens to take the call to curb the spread of the coronavirus seriously.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had called for an end to the lockdown, saying that the economic ramifications of the restrictions would ultimately cause more damage than the virus itself.
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