Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa hints at shift to Level 1 next week

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa hints at shift to Level 1 next week

President Cyril Ramaphosa has dropped some strong hints that citizens can expect an address next week. Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates in South Africa.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has hinted that citizens can expect another 'family meeting' next week.

There is a strong possibility that South Africa will be shifting to Level 1 of the national lockdown.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in SA:

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa hints at shift to Level 1 next week

Ramaphosa is expected to address SA next week. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
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1. Ramaphosa hints at imminent shift to Level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on a possible shift to Level 1 of the national Covid-19 lockdown next week.

Speaking during a recent session with the SA National Editors Forum, Ramaphosa confirmed that the National Coronavirus Command Council is currently evaluating input from several stakeholders.

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The proposals put forward by stakeholders, in addition to scientists advising the government, will all be considered when making the final call to potentially ease restrictions.

Ramaphosa told attendants to 'watch this space' next week when asked whether or not the move was indeed on the cards.

A great point of concern, according to Ramaphosa, was the possibility of a 'second wave of infections' but an equally great worry was the 51% slump in the GDP, placing pressure on the state to speed up the journey to economic recovery.

2. President vows more transparency in PPE procurement

President Ramaphosa has promised the nation that there will be transparency when it comes to personal protective equipment procurement.

Speaking during a Q&A session on Wednesday, Ramaphosa says that the focus on prosecuting Covid-19-related corruption is 'intense'.

This shift in how accessible procurement by the government is has been lauded as a 'silver lining' by the president:

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"I have often said that we must look out for some silver linings beneath this Covid-19 cloud, one of those would be from now on when it comes to procurement we need to have transparency. The type of transparency that will enable our people to know what the money that they pay in taxes is going to be used for."

3. Mkhize provides update on statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided SA with an update on the latest number of Covid-19 cases and fatalities.

In a statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday, Mkhize confirmed that cases had seen a slight increase:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 642 431 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 1 990 new cases identified."

In addition to the rise in infections, the minister reported that a number of new fatalities had been recorded:

"Regrettably, we report 82 more Covid-19 related deaths: 10 from KwaZulu-Natal, 27 from Gauteng, 5 from Eastern Cape, 8 from Free State, 10 from North West, 22 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 15 168."
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Mkhize said that 569 935 patients had managed to overcome the virus with the recovery rate rising slightly to 88.7%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Mkhize had highlighted the need to shift the nation to Level 1 as soon as possible.

With cases continuing to decline and the expected spikes with the shift to Level 2 failing to materialise, the crippled economy is a major concern.

While Mkhize noted that the nation is past the surge of infections, he cautioned against complacency.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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