President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will move from level four to level three from 1 June. The economy has been allowed to operate on a limited basis, with essential services being expanded in gradual stages. While the nationwide lockdown has been effective, it cannot be sustained indefinitely,” Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Experts say the peak of infection can be lowered if South Africans stick to social distancing and hand sanitising. National Treasury said the impact on economic contraction could be anything between 5 to 12-per cent for 2020 and these rates could become higher. In its worst-case scenario of a slow economic recovery, Treasury says more than 7-million people could lose their jobs as a result of COVID-19.
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Ramaphosa gave basic guidelines about the alert levels when they were announced:
Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.
Level 2 involves the easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address the risk of transmission.
Level 4 means that some activity can resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.
Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.
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