Life at level 3

South Africa has changed gear to lockdown level 3.

But as in most countries there’s still lots of uncertainty – as government walks the tightrope between saving the economy and controlling the virus. 

President Ramaphosa has warned again the regulations are lighter, but the risk heavier. “In the coming weeks, we should expect an exponential rise in cases,” he said on Sunday.

Ramaphosa admitted scientists advised Cabinet to drop the lockdown to level 1 as it had become a “blunt tool”. 

Schools were due to open on Monday but many were unready. After protests from teachers’ unions – and fears from some parents that it’s too early –  Minister Angie Motshekga postponed the reopening to 8 June.

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