President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation Thursday evening with an important message.
He began by stating that the decision to announce the lockdown was timeous considering the global evidence regarding the pandemic was overwhelming.
Ramaphosa said that since the lockdown came into effect, the rate of new cases has slowed down significantly.
The number of confirmed cases as of 9th April 2020 is 1934 in South Africa.
The average daily increase has slowed down from 42% to 4%.
Ramaphosa said "We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle. We cannot relax and we cannot be complacent."
"If we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk an uncontrollable resurgence of the disease."he said.
He stressed "We ask you to endure even longer. I have to ask you to make further sacrifices." before announcing that the lockdown will be extended a further two weeks till the end of April.
"Our immediate priority must remain to slow down the spread of the virus and prevent massive loss of life." said the president.
Ramaphosa said that all the executive ministers and Premiers in his administration will take a 1/3 salary pay cut which will go towards the Solidarity Fund to support the fight against Covid-19.
He also urged all businesses and any individuals who can to contribute to the fund.
Many South Africans that were hoping for the lockdown to end on the 16th are looking at tough times ahead. Hopefully this extension to the lockdown is the last one and South Africa comes out the better for it.