The latest number of confirmed cases is 2 605.

There have been 48 deaths recorded so far.

According to latest data from the department of health, there have been 903 recoveries.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says some of the measures the government has put in place during the lockdown will remain once it is lifted.

South Africa has been under lockdown since 26 March. The lockdown regulations include a travel ban, schools shutting down, and large gatherings and the sale of alcohol prohibited, among others.

“When we do stop the lockdown, we cannot do it abruptly – that today it’s complete lockdown and tomorrow it’s open completely. We have to phase in, so that there is an orderly move towards normality,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

“Probably every week we are going to be announcing which areas are going to be opened, incrementally, and the conditions of those openings,” said Dlamini-Zuma. The second phase of South Africa’s national Covid-19 lockdown will be under rules only slightly altered from the initial hard lockdown, the government announced on Thursday.