Ramaphosa attends urgent NCCC meeting as Covid deaths soar
A meeting is currently taking place between President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and by the end of it, a new fate may be sealed for South Africa’s lockdown woes.
Ramaphosa locked in talks with NCCC
The president’s office took to Twitter to confirm that the meeting’s main agenda is to “assess developments in South Africa’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Should any announcements be required on the outcomes of today’s meeting or any other meetings, such announcements will be made on official accounts of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and The Presidency,” Ramaphosa’s office wrote.
Should any announcements be required on the outcomes of today’s meeting or any other meetings, such announcements will be made on official accounts of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and The Presidency.— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) January 6, 2021
Is a stricter lockdown looming for South Africa?
With so much uncertainty around the current state of affairs in South Africa’s battle against a mutant virus, it’s remains unknown what the future holds.
Advanced Alert Level 3 expires in less than 10 days and already, the president has been compelled to gather his advisors on a pressing matter. What that is, is everyone’s guess right now.
A look at the most recent Covid-19 statistics offers a hint, as infections and deaths continue to surge.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 47 875 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 14 410 new cases. We report 513 more #COVID19 related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 30 524. Click here to view more: https://t.co/XHADs5n3N6 pic.twitter.com/1RkVe4Jmqk— NICD (@nicd_sa) January 5, 2021
South Africa has surpassed the feared 30 000-mark in the casualty count, sparking worries about stricter lockdown measures in Ramaphosa’s soon-coming ‘family meeting’.
This may hold certain implications for school reopenings and the limited operations of many sectors. It all rests in the hands of the president who is expected to make an announcement before the end of this week.