June 17 2020 - 20:19
Restaurants, hairdressers allowed to open - Ramaphosa
The pandemic was a global economic crisis, severly disrupting the livelihoods of millions of people, said Ramaphosa.
He added that he had previously indicated the government would look at ways to help some business sectors open up.
The government has decided to ease lockdown restrictions in the following sectors: Restaurants for sit-down meals, accredited and licensed accommodation, conferences and meetings for business purposes, cinemas and theatres - aligned to limitations on the gathering of people - casinos, personal care services, including hairdressers and beauty services and non-contact sport, while contact sport will be allowed to train.
June 17 2020 - 20:05
We are 'greatly encouraged' by breakthrough in Covid-19 treatment - Ramaphosa
In South Africa, 1674 people have died of Covid-19 and there are 80 412 confirmed coronavirus cases. Of those 34 407 were active cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening said it was encouraging to hear of a breakthrough in the treatment of Covid-19 through the administration of dexamethasone.
"It [the drug] is also manufactured here in South Africa by one of our pharmaceutical companies," said Ramaphosa.
The department has recommended that this drug be considered for use on patients needing oxygen supply and ventilators, he added.
Ramaphosa said South Africa was using every avenue available to increase our testing capacity.