The global infection rate is sitting at 2, 623 200 cases, with over 182 700 deaths. The South African infection rate has risen to over 4 000 cases, and 75 deaths as of Thursday, 23 April 2020.

The Western Cape Province has the highest number of cases with over 1 279 confirmed cases and 27 deaths, followed by the Gauteng Province with 1252 cases. The North West, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape have the lowest infection rates with 25, 23 and 16 respectively.

With 8 more days to go before the conclusion of the lockdown, South Africans should not expect any complete and abrupt ending of the lockdown.

An average of 44 cases daily or less would be required to have a safer lockdown without a resurgence of the virus. The South African infection rate is sitting at an average of 137 daily cases per week.

President Cyril Ramphosa is due to address the nation with regards to the easing or extension of a lockdown on Thursday evening, 23 April 2020.

Written by Tevin NKS

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