The President of South Africa has warned that the country’s coronavirus outbreak will become much worse, while announcing that the lockdown measures should be eased.
Cyril Ramaphosa said a third of the country’s more than 22,000 cases were registered last week.
Even so, the president said the current ban cannot be maintained indefinitely.
He announced that additional restrictions will be lifted from June 1.
Mr. Ramaphosa spoke after a mining company in South Africa said 164 workers at a gold mine near Johannesburg had tested positive for coronavirus.
To date, 429 deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in the country.
How are the blocking measures relaxed?
An overnight curfew will no longer exist, more shops will open, and schools will reopen, the president said.
A controversial alcohol ban also ends with limited sales, which are only permitted for personal consumption. A ban on cigarette sales remains.
The president was under pressure to facilitate lockdown measures to restart the economy.
However, he warned the public that the worst was yet to come.
“We should expect these numbers to grow even faster and faster,” he said.
“The South Korean coronavirus pandemic will worsen before it improves,” he added.
What’s going on in the Mponeng Mine?
The Mponeng Mine is the deepest gold mine in the world.
Operations ceased after 164 cases of coronavirus were identified. Most people who tested positive showed no symptoms.
According to AngloGold Ashanti, the mine owner, they were all isolated.