President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses South Africans- updates on measures by government to curb the spread of COVID-19 while easing the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

President Ramaphosa announced that the country now has 498, 052 confirmed cases, making it the fifth country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections in the world.

Addressing the concerns of some unions, parents and pupils, Ramaphosa announced Cabinet’s decision to close all public schools for four weeks.

Schools will be closed from 27 July and will reopen on 24 August.

However, he added that Grade 12 learners and teachers would only take a week-long break. Grade 7 pupils would take a two-week break.

The President said the current academic year would be extended beyond 2020, the academic year will extend into 2012.The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga would give details on this extension.

The National School Feeding Scheme will continue during the recess.

The President says learners or their parents can collect meals from the schools.