The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to extend a three-week national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus by a further 14 days.
Ramaphosa also revealed that himself and ministers will take a 33% pay cut for the next three months, and the money will be diverted towards social and economic relief measures to help the country weather the Covid-19 pandemic.
“After careful consideration of the available evidence, the national coronavirus command council has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days,” Ramaphosa announced in a televised address to the nation.
South Africa is the worst-affected country on the continent, followed by Algeria with 1,666 cases confirmed so far.
The number of deaths remains relatively low, with 18 fatalities recorded to date.