On April 21, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an extraordinary coronavirus budget of about R500bn to deal with the huge economic and social impact of the lockdown. He is expected address the nation again on April 23 to provide further details.

On April 13, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, chair of the health minister’s advisory committee on Covid-19, explained how the country had bought time by slowing the spread of the virus, but he also cautioned against an abrupt end to the lockdown, which he warned would result in a rapid resurgence of the pandemic...

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