Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has welcomed the shift to lockdown Level 3 from June 1.

The announcement was made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in a live address to the nation on Sunday night.

President Ramaphosa’s full address is in the video below:

Winde has also welcomed the classification of hotspot areas in other parts of the country, including Cape Town.

The Western Cape has the highest infection rate countrywide, with close to 7 000 active cases and 300 fatalities.

Winde has appealed to residents to remain vigilant by practising good hygiene, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

More than 120 000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted across the Western Cape thus far.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in SA

President Ramaphosa has confirmed that 429 people have now died from COVID-19 and that the number of infections have risen to 22 583.

The country now has 11 100 COVID-19 recoveries.