Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise as experts around the world hunt for a vaccine.
This week, Africa sees a massive spike in COVID-19 cases, vehicle sales crash amid Level 4 lockdown regulations, millions apply for financial assistance, the world honours nurses on International Nurses Day and the World Health Organisation has predicted the amount of money that people will spend on healthcare this year.
COVID-19 In Numbers | 25 April – 1 May 2020
1 May 2020, 11:35 AM
This week SA sees a spike in daily coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, South Africans who could buy cigarettes during the lockdown, doctors arrived to help fight COVID-19 and South Africans who are worried about paying their bills during the COVID-19 lockdown.
INFOGRAPHIC | South Africa’s lockdown level 5,4,3,2 and 1
1 May 2020, 10:50 AM
South Africa enters the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown alert level 4 on Friday as the country gradually eases movement restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.
The country went in a lockdown at midnight on 26 March 2020, and had been under lockdown alert level 5 for 35 days.
Alert level 5 was the most restrictive and alert level 1 will be the most relaxed.
The country will gradually adjust the levels across the country based on the level of COVID-19 infections.
Though the entire country is currently in level 4, government says there may be a time when different provinces are placed under different lockdown levels based on the COVID-19 infections in the particular province.
There is also a possibility of the country reverting back to level 5 depending on the level of the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are also restrictions that will remain in place throughout the different lockdown alert levels.
Restrictions that will stay in place for all five levels of SA’s lockdown.
INFOGRAPHIC | SA COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
24 April 2020, 6:56 PM
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced five levels that the country plans follow to gradually relax lockdown conditions that government has set in place as part of efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country will begin the easing of its COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on 1 May 2020, from level five to level four.
Level five has been described as “high virus spread, and/or low health system readiness”, where only essential services allowed to operate.
According to SA’s risk-adjustment strategy for economic activity, level four is expected to be “moderate to high virus spread, with moderate readiness”. However, some leisure and social activities will remain prohibited through all lockdown levels.
Below are restrictions that will be in place through every lockdown level in South Africa:
Level 4 of South Africa’s five lockdown phases:
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Video | COVID-19 In Numbers
24 April 2020, 10:41 AM
Global coronavirus (COVID-19) infection numbers continue to rise. South Africa has seen the biggest COVID-19 spike this week.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) ombudsman receives complaints from the public and SA prepares to ease the lockdown.