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South Africa Extends Lockdown by Two Weeks to Tackle Virus

  • Struggle against coronavirus is far from over, Ramaphosa says
  • Country has 1,934 confirmed infections, most in Africa
A soldier from the South African National Defence Force sits alongside an armored vehicle in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 6.

A soldier from the South African National Defence Force sits alongside an armored vehicle in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 6.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended a national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus by two weeks until the end of April as infections continue to mount.

“There is sufficient evidence to show the lockdown is indeed working,” with the rate of new infections slowing, Ramaphosa said Thursday in a televised address. “Unless we take these difficult measures now, unless we hold this course a little longer, the coronavirus pandemic will engulf, and ultimately consume, our country.”