SA will move to Level 3 from 1 June: Ramaphosa

 President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the nation on a further easing of the lockdown and a gradual opening of the economy.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will move from level 4 to level 3 from 1 June.

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Under level 3, restaurants and bars are some of the businesses that will remain closed.

Domestic air travel will only be allowed in certain instances.  

Ramaphosa addressed the nation on a further easing of the lockdown and a gradual opening of the economy on Sunday.

The economy has been allowed to operate on a limited basis, with essential services being expanded in gradual stages.

"While the nationwide lockdown has been effective, it cannot be sustained indefinitely," Ramaphosa said on Sunday.

Experts say the peak of infection can be lowered if South Africans stick to social distancing and hand sanitising.

National Treasury said the impact on economic contraction could be anything between 5 to 12-percent for 2020 and these rates could become higher.

In its worst-case scenario of a slow economic recovery, Treasury says more than 7-million people could lose their jobs as a result of COVID-19.

A quick recovery will still see three-million job losses.

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