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Lockdown restrictions? Ramaphosa to address the nation

Lockdown restrictions? Ramaphosa to address the nation

It seems another ‘family meeting’ is on the cards for South Africa as President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give an address to the nation on Thursday evening, 3 December 2020.

Although the details surrounding what he has to say remain unclear, it is believed he will be announcing a series of tough measures as parts of the country experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. According to several reports, Ramaphosa will be re-imposing restrictions in areas which are considered hotspots for the coronavirus.

It is believed that these new measures will include a curfew as well as bans surrounding the consumption and purchasing of alcohol, which has long been a contentious issue since being initially prohibited when the country went into lockdown back in March.

South Africa has so far recorded 796 472 cases of COVID-19 since the respiratory illness was first detected here on home soil back in March. Depending on who you ask, the country may be losing its grip on the pandemic, with a record 4 173 new cases having been recorded on Wednesday, 2 December 2020.

Speculation is rife that Ramaphosa will be slapping the Eastern Cape and Western Cape with heightened lockdown restrictions, due to the spike in infections in both provinces.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has fiercely criticised Ramaphosa’s handling of the virus and on occasion, hinted that the province had everything under control. However, in what some might call an about turn, he expressed concern over the rising COVID-19 figures. The Western Cape, once the epicentre of the virus in the country, has witnessed a 52.1% jump in new cases, with an established pattern over time.

“Last week, we issued a hotspot alert for the Garden Route, following an alarming growth of cases in the area. This surge has continued to gain momentum and there are now more active cases in George and Knysna sub-districts than at any point in the pandemic to date,” Winde has said.

Meanwhile the Eastern Cape has drawn the attention of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, who visited the area after noticing a rise in infections, particularly in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The numbers are now driven by new cases, mainly in two provinces, Eastern Cape, which on daily numbers reflect about 50% to 55% of daily positive cases, followed by Western Cape which on a daily report seems to increase by 25%,” Mkhize said.


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