After keeping the country under lockdown for 750 days, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced the end of the national state of disaster. News24 quotes Ramaphosa as saying the declaration of the national state of disaster on 15 March 2020 had empowered the government to take measures which prevented many people from becoming severely ill and it saved countless lives. He also paid tribute to the healthcare workers, police, soldiers, volunteers and other frontline workers for their dedication and service during the pandemic.