Tuesday marks exactly six months since the coronavirus was declared a national disaster on March 15.
The announcement was made 10 days after the first case was reported in South Africa which was followed by an initial gradual rise in confirmed infections, mostly imported through international travel.
A national state of disaster was declared using the Disaster legislation implemented by the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister with the country going into Alert Level 5 lockdown on the March 26.
In the video below, President Cyril Ramaphosa announces the national state of disaster:
The coronavirus was not only declared a national disaster, but it was also the first time that the Disaster Management Act was invoked to declare a national state of disaster.
The Act makes provision for the first 90 days to be declared a national state of disaster.
It further makes provision for month-to-month extensions. So far, there have been four month-to-month extensions.
The third one officially …