SA’s death toll from Covid-19 would have been eight times higher if the government had not taken the swift and aggressive action it did to slow transmission of the disease, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday evening.

The government declared a national state of disaster less than two weeks after SA confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 5, along with sweeping restrictions on travel and mass gatherings that were quickly followed a national lockdown that began on March 26...

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