President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address follows a meeting of the National Command Council on Sunday, which assessed the efficacy of the national lockdown which came into effect last week Friday.
WATCH LIVE: Ramaphosa addresses nation on measures to contain COVID-19
The president has now wrapped up his address.
Ramaphosa announces a wide-scale programme of 10, 000 field workers who will be visiting homes in villages, towns, and cities to screen residents for coronavirus symptoms.
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Ramaphosa: The next 17 days will be difficult for everyone. Parents are worried about the safety of their children.
Ramaphosa: We know that there are many South Africans who are currently abroad and want to come home.
Ramaphosa: Let us not make the mistake of thinking COVID-19 is somebody else’s problem.
Ramaphosa: COVID-19 infects the rich and the poor, the young and the old, black and white, those who live in the cities and those in the villages.
Ramaphosa: Everytime you violate the regulations you are putting yourself and others at risk and helping to spread the virus.
Ramaphosa: We were concerned that without quick action we were only a few weeks away from a similar situation to other countries that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.That is why we took the radical step of locking down the country for 21 days.
Ramaphosa: South Africans have, for the most part, responded responsibly to the national lockdown by staying at home, observing the regulations, and exercising the greatest of care.