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SA: President Cyril Ramaphosa To Address The Nation On Sunday

25 July 2021

South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is set to address the nation on Sunday to review current COVID-19 lockdown regulations. This comes when all the country's provinces, including Gauteng which was the epicentre, reached their peak of new infections. Ramaphosa had two weeks ago, promised to review the regulations including the ban on the sale of alcohol and attendance of religious services pending the conduct of the people towards the COVID-19 pandemic. He placed the country under level 4 lockdown on 27 June following the massive surge in infections and admissions including deaths due to the pandemic. Now, President Ramaphosa is expected to meet the National Coronavirus Committee and Cabinet on whether to review his decision or maintain the status quo. Acting Minister Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane admitted that there was a significant drop in infections, leading to speculation that Ramaphosa would relax the restrictions. Said Kubayi-Ngubane:
The COVID-19 infection cases continue to fluctuate in waves and each wave leaves behind bereaved families and lost loved ones. Each day that this pandemic continues to spread and infect more people, it robs our country of its greatest resource and that is its productive people. In the last 24 hours, there were 14 858 new cases, which is a decrease from that of the day before at 16 240 new cases. The number of new cases has been on a downward trend. We have also seen a significant drop in numbers in Gauteng which has been the epicentre of the third wave. Although 4 988 new cases are still quite high, it is a significant drop from the provincial peak which went as high as over 16 000 new cases per day.
Kubayi-Ngubane, however, said that the drop in numbers did mean that the nation should lower its guard in the fight against the pandemic. She said:
Just because the numbers are coming down, does not mean the virus has stopped spreading. The Delta variant is spreading and it is still just as lethal. This means that our fight should rather intensify.

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