Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa addresses SA, DA slams clothing rules

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa addresses SA, DA slams clothing rules

Wednesday saw President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will mostly move to Level 3 lockdown at the end of the month. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa, for the most part, will be moving to Level 3 lockdown at the end of May.

Briefly.co.za explores the top new updates as the nation continues to endure the Covid-19 pandemic.

1. Covid-19: Ramaphosa announces SA will mostly move to Level 3 end May

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."

2. Covid-19: DA wants Ramaphosa to boot Patel over clothing restrictions

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Ebrahim Patel after the Minister gazetted a 'bizarre and extraordinary' list of restrictions concerning the sale and purchase of clothing during Level 4 lockdown.

South Africans are no strangers to obscure regulations announced by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, with the issue of a law banning the sale of 'cooked hot foods'.

Patel had based this restriction on an increase in unnecessary movement in supermarkets but South Africans are still confused.

Briefly.co.za reported that John Steenhuisen called on the government to stop being petty with the new restrictions being announced for Level 4 of the current lockdown.

3. Covid-19: United States sends Mzansi 1 000 ventilators to fight virus

The US government has donated around 1 000 ventilators and other equipment to South Africa in a bid to help bolster the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

These are highly specialised medical equipment which is used in intensive care units. They help support patients whose lungs aren't functioning at the required level, life-saving amid the current pandemic.

With the peak infection period expected to be later this year, critically ill South Africans will need intensive care support and the ventilators will be a massive part of this response.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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