Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa says rising Covid-19 numbers were expected during winter and lockdown regulations had to be relaxed to preserve people’s livelihoods.
Closeto160,000 people have been infected with the virus in the country.
“The reality is that we could remain under lockdown forever, people need to earn a living, learners need to continue with their education and businesses need to be reopened,” said President Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa also said South Africa will have to suffer through a dark period of unemployment and economy.
He added that the government is going to focus on initiatives in the construction sector for relief.
“Our economy will shrink, unemployment will rise, the government will have to borrow more and at least in the middle term, South Africans will on average will be poorer.”
South Africa has recorded 2749 deaths due to Covid-19.