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INFOGRAPHIC: What to expect under Level 3 lockdown
25 May 2020, 5:00 AM

An estimated eight million people are expected back at work on June 1 when South Africa’s lockdown alert is eased from Level 4 to Level 3, a move which is set to increase the rate of COVID-19 infections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Sunday, saying the government has had a number of consultations with various sectors of society, whom he says have ‘broadly agreed’ to this approach.

This is what will be permitted during Level 3 of lockdown:

Some restrictions will be in place at every level of the lockdown:

VIDEO: Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande media briefing
23 May 2020, 1:00 PM

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande is briefing the media on the Post School Education and Training further measures in response to the COVID-19 virus within the sector.

Zimbabwean businesswoman’s COVID-19 relief kitchen reopens
23 May 2020, 11:20 AM

After shutting down a COVID-19 relief kitchen in Harare for several days – the Zimbabwean government has had a change of heart.

Samantha Murozoki can once again open up her home and her heart to her community. Before being shut down – the immigration lawyer turned businesswoman was feeding more than 1 400 people twice a day from her kitchen. Authorities told her she cannot operate as she wasn’t registered with the local municipality and didn’t meet the health and safety requirements.

A look at the plight of young girls in Somalia amid COVID-19
23 May 2020, 6:40 AM

Young girls in Somalia face a double threat of COVID-19 and genital mutilation. To discuss the issues faced by young girls in the country,  Plan International’s head of mission in Somalia Sadia Allin joins SABC News.

Egyptians rush to buy treats before Eid al-Fitr curfew
22 May 2020, 11:39 AM

Families rushed to buy sweets and biscuits in Cairo as they prepared to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan under a tightened coronavirus curfew and lockdown.

The Eid al-Fitr festivities are usually a time of release when people pack the streets and visit families, cafes and restaurants.

But this year, authorities are bringing forward the start of the existing coronavirus curfew by four hours to 5 p.m. and banning all public transport for six days from Sunday as they try to contain the pandemic.

Shoppers, many wearing masks, said celebrations will be much quieter – restrictions had already made it difficult for families to meet for fast-breaking at sunset during Ramadan.

“We will not see our siblings, loved ones and friends,” said Hoda Mahmoud, 53, standing outside a shop with a bag of biscuits.

“We used to go out and have fun at cafes, but now we are being careful, taking care of ourselves.”

Egypt confirmed 745 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest daily increase yet.

“There is an evening curfew and everyone’s errands are now in the morning,” said Ali Mohamed, a 26-year-old civil engineer. At night, he added, “we all disappear.”

The timing of Eid al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon but it is widely expected to start on Sunday.

Shops, restaurants, parks and beaches will also be closed for the holiday, which has been extended from three to six days under the coronavirus measures.

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