South Africa: Lockdown Level 4 - We're Moving to the Next Phase

President Cyril Ramaphosa wears a face mask as he begins his address to the nation on April 23, 2020.

The phased reduction of lockdown restrictions will begin on 1 May and allow some sectors of the economy to reopen. The virus continues to spread, with the highest daily increase in infections recorded on Thursday, but businesses need to open and people need to eat.

Restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 will be eased starting on 1 May so that parts of the economy can reopen as the government introduces a five-level phased response, announced President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening.

The country's "risk-adjusted strategy" will move from Level 5 to Level 4, allowing certain industries to resume operating, people to exercise under specific conditions, and an increased number of goods to be sold, including cigarettes.

Ramaphosa said that the National Coronavirus Command Council will now determine the level of alertness and restrictions imposed based on an analysis of how the virus is spreading.

There will be separate national, provincial, metropolitan and district levels. Level 5 imposes a national lockdown while Level 1 has the least strict conditions.

The president said a national lockdown was the best way to control the spread of Covid-19 but could not...

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