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Pretoria – Borrowing from his tuesday public announcement of the stimulus economic package, President Cyril Ramphosa reiterated the impact of the novel coronavirus in the lives of South Africans and their loved ones and urged the country to continue adhering to rules set out to combat the Covid-19 virus.
Speculation and analysis of an eminent extension became rife after the previous presidential address pertaining to the lockdown.
South Africa like many other countries around the world has had to take stringent measures by implementing a lockdown, closing borders and introducing a strict hygiene practice to the public.
These measures have yielded results to the country in it’s quest to control this catastrophic and deadly virus.
The (WHO) World Health Organization has praised South Africa for managing the spread of the pandemic to date.
The president has today announced that after deliberations with the National Command Council Team, they have agreed on a 5 level “Risk Adjustment Strategy” that will ease the current lockdown restrictions.
“Our people need to eat. They need to earn a living. Companies need to be able to produce and to trade, they need to generate revenue and keep their employees in employment.
We have accordingly decided that beyond Thursday 30 April, we should begin a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity – said Ramaphosa”.
Which will be measurable and incremental in cognizant to the rate and manner of the spread which is not yet known.
The president says the lifting of the lockdown can not be rushed, as this could risk the spread which will lead to another hard lockdown.
The levels will be according to assessments which will be conducted by the National Council Command Team.
*Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives, which is where we are currently.
*Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks, this will take effect on the 1st of May 2020.
*Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.
*Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
*Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.
Each level will be guided by an assessment of the Coronavirus National Council Command Team.