- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has addressed South Africa on the changes to the current lockdown
- This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on Sunday evening that has the country spinning once again
- Dlamini-Zuma expanded on the measures announced during this address in her briefing
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has expanded on the lockdown regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening.
Dlamini-Zuma reminded the nation that it is "mandatory to wear a face mask, to protect ourselves and the people around us".
The minister explained that South Africa is currently losing the battle to flatten the Covid-19 curve:
"I want to stress that this is really a fight against Covid-19. We are number 25 in terms of population size [but] we are number 10 at the number of infections. We have to do everything to protect this beautiful nation of ours."
Concerning visits with family members, Dlamini-Zuma explained that they are only allowed under exceptional circumstances.
Inter-provincial travel remains prohibited, with the minister reminding the nation of its obligation to practice social distancing:
"We must avoid activities that do not lend themselves to safety protocols such as social distancing. That is why social gatherings are still not allowed."
Dlamini-Zuma says that the announcement made by Ramaphosa was in an attempt to help SA overcome the virus:
"The announcements by the president yesterday were to assist us, all of us, to be able to combat this virus and to slow down the spread of the virus."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had approached the National Coronavirus Command Council in the hopes of seeing the liquor ban reimplemented.
Mkhize, at the time, had lamented the increased pressure hospitals were under to treat patients for liquor-related trauma.
One Gauteng hospital alone had recorded nearly 3 000 incidents in its trauma ward for the month of June following the initial lifting of the ban at a time when every bed is needed to cope with the pandemic.
This is believed to have prompted Ramaphosa's announcement that alcohol will now be banned with immediate effect once more.
Watch Dlamini-Zuma's full briefing below:
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