Ramaphosa to address the nation: Here’s what to expect
It’s believed lockdown restrictions will be eased.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on the possible relaxation of lockdown restrictions in the coming days.
Ramaphosa address: What you can expect
The president’s last addressed the nation on 25 July 2021 when he moved the country to adjusted Level 3. Curfew was set to 22:00-04:00 and alcohol sales were only allowed between 10:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Thursday.
Recently, Ramaphosa sat with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating council on Tuesday 7 September 2021 to discuss upcoming developments to the COVID-19 response.
The upcoming address is speculated to move the country to Level 2. As reported by News24, curfew may be adjusted to 23:00-04:00 and alcohol consumption will likely be allowed from Monday to Friday until 18:00, with capacity at gatherings also expected to increased from 50 to 100 indoors and 250 outdoors.
Updates on SA’s vaccine roll-out
On 19 August 2021 President Ramaphosa announced the expansion of the vaccine rollout and opened COVID-19 vaccination to everyone aged 18 and above.
Right after the announcement, it was reported that over half a million 18-35-year-olds had registered for the COVID-19 vaccination.
Last updated on Tuesday 6 September 2021, statistics show that 3 674 107 people have been fully vaccinated and 10 218 194 individuals have received their first dose. This makes up 25.68% of the population aged 18 and above.
Update on infection rates
A rather positive turn of events when it comes to the COVID-19 infection rate in South Africa. On Tuesday 7 September 5 372 cases were recorded. This is the lowest amount of cases recorded since June 2021. This adds up to a total of 2 829 435 infections.
“As per the National Department of Health, a further 282 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 83 899 to date,” the NICD confirmed.