As the dreaded Coronavirus continue to bare it’s fangs across the world, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday prolonged by a further 14 days a three-week national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

In a televised address he said, “After careful consideration of the available evidence, the national coronavirus command council has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days”.

The president added that, while it was too early to make a “definitive analysis” of the outbreak in South Africa, there was evidence to suggest the lockdown has been effective.

“In the two weeks before the lockdown, the average daily increase in new cases was around 42 percent, Since the start of the lockdown, the average daily increase is now around four percent.”

South Africa is the worst-affected African country hit by Coronavirus followed by Algeria.

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