Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 19h00 on Sunday (30 May), relating to developments around the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and cabinet, the presidency said in a statement.

“As South Africa rolls out its national Covid-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures.

“The president’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.”

City Press reported that the new measures will effectively see the country move to an adjusted level 2 lockdown in the coming days.

Following a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday, the paper reported that the following measures are set to be announced:

  • Stricter enforcement of mask-wearing in public and social distancing;
  • Restrictions on gatherings and how many people may gather;
  • An earlier evening curfew period.

South Africa reported a total of 4,519 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (29 May), with 39,618 tests reported in the previous 24 hour period. This represents a positivity rate of 11.4%.

A further 70 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, taking total fatalities to 56,363 to date.  The total number of individuals vaccinated under both the Sisonke protocol and with the Pfizer first dose is 963,876.

Read: South Africa to move to level 2 lockdown: report

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Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening