COVID-19: President Cyril Ramaphosa to address nation at 20h00 today

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today (Tuesday, 15 June) on the government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramaphosa’s address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet, a statement from the Presidency said.

Government ‘monitoring infection’

“As South Africa rolls out its national COVID-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures,” the Presidency added.

South Africa has technically entered a third wave of the pandemic following weeks of rising COVID-19 cases, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

On Monday, the country recorded 5,552 new cases at a positivity rate of 18.5 percent, the highest in several months.

Business Day reported that the Department of Health’s Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) had recommended that South Africa be moved to level 3 lockdown, similar to what was in place during the second wave in December.

Restrictions at the time included a tighter curfew, a reduction in the size of public gatherings and beach closures. However, it is understood that MAC has not recommended beach closures this time around.

Earlier this month, the SA Medical Association called for tougher restrictions – just a week after Ramaphosa announced a move to adjusted alert level 2.

Where or how to watch President Ramaphosa’s address

South Africa’s main news TV channels, namely SABC News (DStv 404), eNCA (DStv 403) and Newzroom Afrika (DStv 405) will broadcast President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address live.

These channels are also likely to livestream the address on their respective YouTube channels as follows: SABC NewseNCA and Newzroom Afrika.

In addition, the government’s social media pages will livestream it. The pages include:

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