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Stats SA COVID-19 Deflation of essential product prices during Level 5 lockdown


The prices of essential products decreased by 0,5% during the COVID-19 Level 5 lockdown in April. The index increased in the first week of April but then dropped in each of the three successive weeks. The change in the week 23‒30 April was -0,7%.

This is the final report of the weekly essential products price index, as a far wider range of goods was available to consumers in May. This report covers the fifth week of the lockdown (the week ending 30 April 2020). Results for the second, third and fourth weeks of lockdown are covered in two earlier articles, available here and here.

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