PRETORIA:South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned on possible rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases as African countries ease lockdown to mitigate negative effects in the economy.
The President urged African countries to unite and work together in fighting the virus adding that currently, South Africa was faced with two pandemics, the Coronavirus and gender-based violence. He said the virus forced some businesses owned by women to shut down and promised that more companies in the informal sector will be allowed to operate as part of government efforts to make sure women are financially independent.
President Ramaphosa said while South Africa remains at lockdown Level 3, additional sectors of the economy will now be allowed to re-open as long as strict measures are in place to ensure physical distancing and personal hygiene.
Restaurants with limited capacity, personal care services including hairdressers, conference centres holding business-related gatherings, cinemas, theatres, and casinos, and non-contact sports will be allowed to resume their businesses.
President Cyril Ramaphosa