The South African government will begin consultations on a proposal to ease lockdown restrictions in most of the country to level 3 by the end of the month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

However, it envisions that parts of the country with a high concentration of Covid-19 infections will remain on level 4, he said.

“We will immediately begin a process of consultation with the relevant stakeholders on the proposal that by the end of May most of the country should be placed on alert level 3, but that those parts of the country with the highest rates of infection remain on level 4,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address.

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“We will make further announcements in this regard after the completion of the consultations we will have.”