- President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing South Africa next week to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and the path forward for the nation
- The address is set to take place following meetings held by the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet
- President Ramaphosa has recently dismissed claims of a return to Level 3 of the current national lockdown
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation next week on the government's plans regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed this during a media briefing on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday:
"Cabinet is concerned that some people are behaving recklessly and irresponsibly as if Covid-19 no longer exists. Cabinet calls on all people in South Africa to continue adhering to the health protocols of practising social distancing, wearing masks in public and washing our hands with water and soap or an alcohol-based sanitiser and avoiding large gatherings."
Mthembu explained that cautious behaviour is the greatest defence South Africa has against the virus currently plaguing the world:
"Such consistent considerate behaviour remains the greatest defence in protecting ourselves and others against the virus. Our responsible actions will ensure we minimise the rates of infections whilst we continue to rebuild our economy."
The minister concluded by confirming that Ramaphosa would indeed be addressing South Africa next week, commenting that:
"Cabinet will deliberate the outcomes of the National Coronavirus Command Council to be held next week. President Ramaphosa will thereafter brief the nation on the developments in South Africa's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za President Cyril Ramaphosa had rejected rumours that the nation is set to move back to Level 3 of the national lockdown.
Speaking during a Q&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." Saffas drag the government amid fears of another hard lockdown."
Ramaphosa encouraged citizens to double down on preventative measures, especially heading into the festive season.
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