COVID-19: Dlamini-Zuma announce extension of national state of disaster by 30 days


The COVID-19 national state of disaster has been extended by a month, which grants government more powers to outsource resources and manpower to assist those in need

The national state of disaster that was declared as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended by a month, in order to keep away a second wave of infections, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister – Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Wednesday.

Cabinet has decided to further extend the National State of Disaster by a month. This period will allow government a progressive and responsible return to normal. It will help us put measures in place to avoid a second wave of infections,” she said in tweet.

The state of disaster was expected to come to an end on Thursday, although the government made no announcement that it would be extended.

On Tuesday night, 18,028 succumbed to COVID-19 in the country, recording a total of 694,537 cases with a recovery rate standing at 90%.

The first state of disaster was announced on 15 March, when President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement of the country’s response to the global pandemic.

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