Without the lockdown the number of coronavirus infections would have soared uncontrollably, our health facilities would have been overwhelmed and many thousands more South Africans would have died, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his latest COVID-19 address to the nation.
These graphics show how the lockdown has worked in South Africa.
South Africa’s swift lockdown action slowed the spread of the virus, giving the healthcare system time to prepare for the inevitable spike.
While the health system was preparing for a spike, screening and testings have also increased. Between 10 000-15 000 tests are conducted per day and nearly 9 million people have been screen across the country so far.
There are 354 quaratine sites. Additional medical supplies and PPE for healthcare workers have been procured.