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SA enters Level 3 of the lockdown

SA enters Level 3 of the lockdown Estelle Mon, 06/01/2020 - 06:27 Teaser Media Paragraphs Cleaners perform disinfection tasks on a car from a driving school in Cape Town. Reuters/Ayanda Ndamane JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is preparing to reopen its economy on Monday as it moves into Level 3 of a five-tier lockdown, in force since 27 March. Under Level 3, all but high-risk sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen, as will places of worship. READ: Level 3 lockdown: Mines to return to full capacity Liquor sales will resume, but for home consumption only. But an ongoing ban on cigarette sales remains a thorny issue with social workers and tobacco companies up in arms as an illicit cigarette market blossoms. READ: BATSA to challenge tobacco ban​​​​​​​ British American Tobacco South Africa on Friday launched legal proceedings to challenge the government s ban. According to BATSA, the South African treasury is losing R35-million in excise taxes per day as a result. READ: Almost entire SA workforce will return at Level 3: Patel​​​​​​​ The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the move but said it came too late for millions of South Africans who have already paid heavily for (the) government s dithering . Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema opposed the easing of lockdown and said President Cyril Ramaphosa had effectively resigned as the captain of the ship . READ: Level 3: Dlamini-Zuma outlines times for sale of alcohol South Africa has recorded nearly 32,683 coronavirus cases so far, including 683 deaths. - Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community. Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.


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