President #Ramaphosa: Our greatest challenge now – and our most important task – is to ensure that we do not experience a new surge in infections.
 
Several countries around the world have been hit by a ‘second wave’ or a resurgence of infections.
President #Ramaphosa: A number of these countries had passed the peak of the disease and had seemingly brought the virus under control.
 
Some of them had even lifted most of the restrictions on economic and social activity.
President #Ramaphosa: In many cases, the second wave has been more severe than the first. Several countries have had to re-impose a hard lockdown. Our public health response is now focused on further reducing the transmission of the virus and preparing for a possible resurgence.
President #Ramaphosa: We have now taken a decision to keep increasing coronavirus testing.
 
Due to the decline in new infections and the reduced pressure on our health facilities, we now have sufficient testing capacity to expand the criteria for testing.
President #Ramaphosa: Among the categories of people we will now be able to test are all those who are admitted to hospital, outpatients with COVID symptoms, and individuals who have been in close contact with confirmed cases whether or not they themselves have symptoms.
President #Ramaphosa:  Alongside increased testing, we are improving contact tracing through the deployment of the COVID Alert South Africa mobile phone app and the COVID Connect WhatsApp platform.
President #Ramaphosa: Effective testing and contact tracing systems will allow us to quickly identify and contain outbreaks before they spread further.
President #Ramaphosa: I want to make a call this evening to everyone who has a smartphone in South Africa to download the #COVIDAlertSA app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app has been zero-rated by mobile networks, so you can download it without data costs.
President #Ramaphosa: Using Bluetooth technology, the app will alert any user if they have been in close contact with any other user who has tested positive for coronavirus in the past 14 days.
President #Ramaphosa: The app is completely anonymous, it does not gather any personal information, nor does it track anybody's location.
President #Ramaphosa: The Department of Health has also developed WhatsApp and SMS systems for people without smartphones to provide them with test results and alert them to any possible exposure to the virus.
President #Ramaphosa: Contact tracing  is an important preventative measure to protect yourself and your close family and friends.

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15 Aug
President #Ramaphosa: Guided by the advice of our health experts and after consultation with provincial and local government, Cabinet has decided to place the entire country on alert #level2, with effect from midnight on Monday, the 17th of August 2020.
President #Ramaphosa: Alert Level 2 in terms of our risk adjusted strategy in dealing with the pandemic means that there is a moderate Covid-19 spread of the virus with a relatively high health system readiness.
President #Ramaphosa: The move to level 2 means that we can remove nearly all of the restrictions on the resumption of economic activity across most industries.
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#RIPAndrewMlangeni
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President #Ramaphosa: Fellow compatriots, Ri perile, Dumelang, Sanibonani, Molweni, Ndi madekwana, Gooie naand, Good evening. It is exactly 10 weeks since we declared a national state of disaster in response to the coronavirus pandemic. #CoronaVirusSA
President #Ramaphosa: Since then, we have implemented severe and unprecedented measures – including a nation-wide lockdown – to contain the spread of the virus.
President #Ramaphosa: I am sorry that these measures imposed a great hardship on you – restricting your right to move freely, to work and eke out a livelihood.
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President #Ramaphosa: My Fellow South Africans,

This week, our country reached a sad moment in the progression of the coronavirus pandemic, as we recorded our 219th death from the disease.

Every life lost is a tragedy.

#COVID19 #CoronaVirusSA
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President #Ramaphosa: In recording and reporting on the daily figures of new infections, deaths and recoveries –– we can too easily lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with human lives.
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President #Ramaphosa: My Fellow South Africans, it has been exactly seven weeks since the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in our country.

Since then, all our lives have changed in fundamental ways.

#COVID19 #CoronaVirusSA
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We have been forced to adapt to a new way of living, in a short space of time.
President #Ramaphosa: As we enter the fifth week of an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown – and as we look to the future – we should remember why we are here. The #coronavirus, which was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has spread rapidly across the world.
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President #Ramaphosa: Fellow Compatriots, it is 25 days since South Africa began a nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the #coronavirus. It has demanded of you great fortitude and endurance.
President #Ramaphosa: It has caused you much suffering and required much sacrifice. Once again, I salute you and I thank you. The #coronavirus pandemic has disrupted your lives and damaged our economy.
President #Ramaphosa: Its severity will continue to take a heavy toll in the weeks and months to come. The pandemic has resulted in the sudden loss of income for businesses and individuals alike, deepening poverty and increasing hunger.
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