SA will not go back to hard lockdown: Ramaphosa

12 July 2020 - 20:42 By Matthew Savides
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed SA on Sunday night. File picture.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed SA on Sunday night. File picture.
Image: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that SA would not go back to a hard lockdown.

Speaking during a national address, Ramaphosa said that going back to a level 4 or level 5 lockdown "would not necessarily achieve a significant reduction in the rate of transmission".

Also, he said, this could "come at a great and extraordinary economic cost, putting more livelihoods at risk and potentially causing long lasting social harm".

"Cabinet has decided that the country will remain at alert level 3 at this stage, but that we should however strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations," he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced additional changes to alert level 3 Covid-19 regulations on July 12 2020. Ramaphosa declared no more alcohol will be sold, family visits would still not be allowed and an evening curfew will be in place until August 15 2020.


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