There are now 653,444 confirmed cases of the coronavirus – 1,923 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
64 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. 15,705 people have already died from the virus.
Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday night in a live broadcast that the country will move to level 1 lockdown.
“We withstood the storm. Now is the time to return our country, its people and our economy to a situation that is more normal and that resembles the life we lived six months ago.
“It is time to move on to what our new normal will be for as long as the virus is with us,” the president said.