Coronavirus: Ramaphosa to address SA as confirmed cases rise to 274

Coronavirus: Ramaphosa to address SA as confirmed cases rise to 274

- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 274 on Sunday

- This comes as the government continues to implement regulations to limit its spread

- President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on Monday evening

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As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to once again address South Africa over the coronavirus pandemic, more cases have been announced.

The president is currently finalising consultations on whether or not the regulations put into place are enough to combat the national disaster, or if more should be done to prevent its spread.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthenmbu said that Ramaphosa will address the nation on Monday evening, with a time to be confirmed during the day:

President Cyril Ramaphosa is finalising details on steps to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in SA.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation this evening on the coronavirus pandemic. At that stage the President would have finalised measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of the virus on our people and the economy.”

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Thus far, measures have included a limitation on public gatherings, curfews for the sale of alcohol, the closure of schools and a number of regulations restricting movement into South Africa for non-citizens.

Numerous citizens feel that nothing short of a lockdown will be adequate to stop the virus that has brought Italy's healthcare system to its knees.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has urged South Africans to practice social distancing and avoid all unnecessary contact with people in an effort to avoid a situation where the health sector is overwhelmed.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health, it was confirmed that 34 new cases saw the total number of infections rise to 274.

The current number of cases per province:

Eastern Cape: 2 cases

Free State: 9 cases

Gauteng: 132 cases

KwaZulu-Natal: 36 cases

Limpopo: 1 case

Mpumalanga: 6 cases

Western Cape: 88 cases

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