President Ramaphosa extends lockdown by 2 weeks

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the national lockdown by a further two weeks, in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

He made the announcement during his address to the nation on Thursday evening. Ramaphosa also revealed that South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases now stand at 1934.

He stressed that the decision to extend, the 21 days lockdown, was not taken lightly.

“Simply put, if we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk a massive an uncontrollable resurgence¬† of the disease” said Ramaphosa

All regulations will remain in place until the end of April.


Government’s 3 part strategy

-Intensified public health response to slow down and reduce infections

-Comprehensive package of economic support measures to assist businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic

-A programme of increased social support to protect poor and vulnerable households

The president has urged citizens to refrain from discriminating against those who have tested positive for the deadly virus.






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