Ramaphosa announces a gradual easing of the lockdown
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 24 April, 2020
President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced the implementation of a partial easing of the current Covid-19 lockdown from next Friday.
Ramaphosa stated that government had to balance the need to resume economic activity with the imperative to contain the virus and save lives.
Government has developed an approach which will see the easing of the measures taking place on five levels.
The current lockdown is seen as level five, and will ease to level four next month, with some people returning to work.
Ramaphosa has further warned that strict measures will remain in place, like the ban on international travel, while shebeens, taverns, bars and restaurants will remain closed.
Meanwhile independent political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, has welcomed Ramaphosa’s announcement of an easing of the lockdown restrictions.
Mathekga says Ramaphosa made the most rational decision under the current conditions, adding that an abrupt lifting of all restrictions would have had a negative impact on the country.
He adds that we will see a gradual opening of businesses depending on their risk profile.
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