Ramaphosa to address South Africa on coronavirus lockdown tonight

President Cyril Ramaphosa will speak in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday (11 November) at 20h00.

The president is expected to speak on the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the effectiveness of lockdown restrictions.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that government is considering re-imposing several measures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic as fears mount about a second wave, citing three officials familiar with the situation.

The option of reintroducing the restrictions is likely to be on the table when the National Coronavirus Command Council meets this week, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information hasn’t been made public.

However, chairperson of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim said that South Africa’s overall coronavirus statistics show that the country is doing ‘incredibly well’ in its response to the pandemic, and there is no need for concern.

Speaking to Jacaranda on Wednesday (11 November), Karim said that while new daily infections may be coming in quite high, it was important not to look at daily coronavirus statistics – which may show variations – but rather to look at the statistics across a seven-day average.

“If you look at a seven-day average, we have been pretty steady and going reasonably well. We had a bit of an incline but it has (now) settled down and the situation now is that we have local transmission at a pretty local level.”

Karim said that South Africa already has ‘good’ rules in place regarding events and wearing of masks during its current level 1 lockdown.

Rather than introducing further restrictions pre-emptively, he said that it was more an issue of enforcement and ensuring that the current rules are being followed.

South Africa reported have 1,729 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday (10 November), taking the total reported to 740,254.

Deaths have reached 19,951 (a daily increase of 106), while recoveries have climbed to 683,194, leaving the country with a balance of 37,109 active cases.

Read: Government’s Covid-19 advisor on moving South Africa to a harder lockdown

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Ramaphosa to address South Africa on coronavirus lockdown tonight