South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an extension to the current lockdown in that country to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Ramaphosa said on Thursday that the extension to the lockdown will last for another two weeks.
“We cannot relax and we cannot be complacent”, Ramaphosa said noting that evidence from around the world suggests the best way forward is to be cautious.
“If we end the lockdown too abruptly, we risk reversing the gains we have made in the last few weeks,” he said.
Ramaphosa revealed that the coronavirus crisis has worsened since he addressed citizens two weeks ago announcing a lockdown.
He appealed for calm saying the government will use the next period of the lockdown to wrap up healthcare efforts.
Ramaphosa says our immediate priority is to slow down the spread of the virus and to “prevent a massive loss of life”.
He says, however, that the government must also make sure that the economy stays afloat and people do not go hungry.
South Africa as a single country in Africa has recorded the highest number of cases which now stands at 1,934 as at April 9, 2020.