South African lockdown extended by 2 more weeks
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an extension of the national lockdown.
The lockdown will be extended by another 2 weeks, beyond the original 21 days.
“We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle,” said Ramaphosa.
“If we end the lockdown too soon, we risk a resurgence of the disease.”
Most of the initial lockdown measures will remain in place until the end of April, said the president.
He added that risk-adjusted measures will be assessed to ensure certain businesses can return to operation.
“We did not take this decision lightly,” said Ramaphosa.
Cases in South Africa
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa rose by 96 to 1,845 on 8 April – the biggest daily increase since March.
Five more COVID-19 deaths were recorded, which brought the total number of coronavirus deaths to 18.
The latest COVID-19 victims were aged between 52 and 77. Two of the victims were from Gauteng, two from the Free State, and one from KwaZulu-Natal.