Mixed reactions pour in as the President extends Lockdown Period

Following the initial 21-day national lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 26, the mayhem that continue to engulf the nation has forced the national Corona virus command council to extend the lockdown until the end of April. President Ramaphosa made this announcement on Thursday night. “After careful consideration of the available evidence, the national Corona virus Command Council has decided to extend the nation-wide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21days”. Ramaphosa also mentioned that since the lockdown came into effect, the rate of confirmed new cases have slowed significantly.” From 1,170 confirmed cases on the 27th of March, the number of confirmed cases today stand at 1,934”.
However, Sowetans have expressed mixed reactions towards calls for extended national lockdown. Whilst others think a lockdown will be the best solution to halt the spread of the dreadful Covid-19, some people live “hand to mouth”, thus, depending on their daily income to feed themselves and families. For non-essential traders like, Thabo Shane from Dobsonville, being able to survive means of two odd jobs. One, getting a daily wage of R300 as a queue marshal at the taxi rank and secondly, by extending his hands at car washing. Millions of Soweto residents will continue to face penury and hardships as some of the country’s activities grind to a halt due to lockdown regulations.

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