President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-quarantine after a guest at a recent dinner has tested positive for Covid-19. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.
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The President himself has entered into a period of self-quarantine to observe if he has indeed been infected with Covid-19.
This comes as Ramaphosa dismisses rumours that South Africa will soon be heading towards stricter lockdown regulations.
Briefly.co.za explores the top updates on the Covid-19 crisis below:
1. Ramaphosa enters self-quarantine
President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered into a period of self-quarantine after a guest at a recent dinner tested positive for Covid-19.
The Presidency has confirmed that the fundraising dinner had been for the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
According to the statement on the subject, the Presidency insists that strict Covid-19 measures had been in place:
"The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests."
Acknowledging the regular screening Ramaphosa is subjected to, the Presidency confirmed that:
"The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest. The President will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine."
2. Ramaphosa debunks rumours of second lockdown
President Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected rumours that the nation is set to move back to Level 3 of the national lockdown.
Speaking during a Q and A session in the National Council of Provinces, Ramaphosa responded to the talk of restrictions tightening:
"I don't want people to be alarmed. That is simply not true. If it gets there, I will advise the nation."
Ramaphosa encouraged citizens to double down on preventative measures especially heading into the festive season.
3. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with the latest update on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Mkhize confirmed that there had been an increase in cases:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 717 851 with 1 092 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the new infections recording, Mkhize acknowledged the latest rise in fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report 45 COVID-19 related deaths today: 10 from Eastern Cape, 4 from Gauteng, 12 from Free State, 5 from KwaZulu Natal, 3 from Mpumalanga, and 11 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 053."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has warned citizens that a hard lockdown seems inevitable unless cases are reduced.
Speaking during a media briefing on Sunday, the Premier said that the statistics are a sign that a clampdown may be necessary:
“Looking at the statistics, we can now safely say that we are definitely going back into a hard lockdown if there is no urgent and drastic change in behaviour."
The politician explained that a second wave would be 'stronger and deadlier', not just when it comes to fatalities but economic fallout:
“There is no use in chasing profits today only to be shut down by a hard lockdown tomorrow."
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