Covid-19 is once again making headlines as South Africans prepare for yet another family meeting with Ramaphosa. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic ahead of the president's address.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to announce preventative measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday evening.
This comes as the virus continues to dominate headlines, with the second wave officially here.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Eswatini Prime Minister passes away after testing positive
Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini passed away over the weekend while receiving medical treatment in a South African hospital.
The nation's government issued a statement confirming his death, with Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku commenting that:
"Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the Nation of the sad and untimely passing away of His Excellency the Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini. His Excellency passed on this afternoon while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa."
While the statement avoided mentioning the cause of the Prime Minister's death, he had earlier been admitted to hospital over two weeks after contracting Covid-19.
2. Eastern Cape Premier wants to close beaches
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has approached the national government in a bid to garner support. This comes as Mabuyane seeks to intensify the battle against Covid-19 by closing beaches and parks over the festive season.
Spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha commented that the current safety plan for this busy period had highlighted recreational areas as 'pressure points' in the province.
3. Ramaphosa to hold family meeting on Monday evening
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africans at 8pm on Monday evening on the way forward. The nation's leader is expected to outline the government's efforts to combat the current pandemic.
This comes after SA recently recorded substantial spikes in positive infections, a major cause for concern ahead of the busy festive season.
4. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 860 964 Covid-19 cases have been reported with 7 999 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the infections, Mkhize commented on the number of fatalities recorded over the same period:
"Regrettably, 170 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 94, Free State 11, Gauteng 3, KwaZulu-Natal 4, Northern Cape 4 and Western Cape 54. This brings the total deaths to 23 276."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Gauteng Department of Health has traced what it says is the majority of teens who recently attended the Ballito Rage festival.
The provincial department says that it has tracked down over 1 300 students and tested a total of 1 050 for the virus. Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana commented on the situation, confirming that:
"Of these, 984 tested positive and these students had 340 contacts of which 32 tested positive. The department continues to plead with learners and their parents to cooperate with healthcare workers who are doing contact tracing as this is an important process aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus."
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