President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Thursday (30 September) on developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The president’s address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet,” the presidency said in a statement.
“The president’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.”
President @CyrilRamaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today on developments in the country’s response to the #COVID19 pandemic, following meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet. https://t.co/L3fB2yHheZ pic.twitter.com/gPkVOcL3Zu
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Ramaphosa is expected to announce South Africa’s updated lockdown regulations in the coming days, after moving to an adjusted level 2 lockdown on 13 September.
Health minister Joe Phaahla said last week that the government is considering the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Some of the eased restrictions could include:
- An 00h00 evening curfew;
- Alcohol would be allowed to be sold for off-site consumption on a Saturday;
- More leisure activities will be allowed to reopen.
However, despite the more positive outlook, Phaahla and other health experts have warned that a fourth wave could be on the horizon – particularly with the coming elections in November, and higher mobility and larger gatherings over the end-of-year holiday period.
On Wednesday (29 September), South Africa reported 2,106 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 2,900,994.
Deaths have reached 87,525 (+108), while recoveries have climbed to 2,766,892, leaving the country with a balance of 46,577 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 17,349,100 (+172,497).