President Addresses the Country Again

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Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa is speaking to the country again about the national plans to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

He announced that one third of SA's cumulative Covid-19 cases were recorded in the last week alone. "We should expect that these numbers will now rise further and faster".

There are now 22 583 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country. We have also conducted more than 580 000 tests.

The Cabinet has decided that the country will move to level 3 from the 1st of June. There will be a differentiated approach to 'Coronavirus hotspots' where new infections are increasing at a very fast pace.  Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, West Coast, Overberg, Cape Winelands, Chris Hani and iLembe are all hotspots.

The move to level 3 will allow most sectors of the economy to open again.

Exercise will be allowed at any time of the day and the curfew will be lifted. Alcohol will be sold for home consumption only. The sale of cigarettes will still be prohibited under level 3.

Grade 12 and 7 learners will return to school on the 1st of June. No parent will be forced to send their child to school if they are worried about their safety. 

Watch the speech below.

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