President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced on Wednesday night that South Africa now has 12 074 confirmed cases and 219 deaths related to Covid-19.
“Covid-19 is taking a heavy toll not only on the health of our people but also on our people’s ability to earn a living, to feed themselves and their families, to learn and to develop, and to enjoy many of the basic freedoms that we daily take for granted,” Ramaphosa said.
“The percentage of cases identified out of all the tests conducted – what is known as the positivity rate – has remained low and stable. The level of confirmed infections in South Africa is around 181 people per million of the population,” the president said.
Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Wednesday night to announce the easing of lockdown restrictions to level 3 for most of South Africa from the end of May. Those areas where the infection rates remain high will stay on level 4 until the infection rate eases, he said.
“There is clear evidence that the lockdown has allowed us to achieve our objective of delaying the spread of Covid-19 and avoiding a massive surge in infections that would have overwhelmed our health care system.
“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,” Ramaphosa said.