Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa warns failure to change will cost lives

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa warns failure to change will cost lives

President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked South Africans to ensure citizens make it to the new year intact. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening, pleaded with South Africans to take measures to ensure lives are saved this festive season.

Ramaphosa's comments come at a time when South Africa is experiencing a second wave of infections. explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa warns failure to change will cost lives

Ramaphosa warned SA that failure to change will cost lives. Image: Presidency
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1. Ramaphosa's warning to Mzansi

South Africans are known for going all out over the festive season but this year things are certainly going to be different.

During his address on Wednesday evening, Ramaphosa warned that failing to adjust behaviour over this period would see many not making it to the new year.

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"Unless we act more responsibly now, we will face a bleak new year. This season can be both festive and safe. I am asking you to keep your celebrations small. If you are spending time with other people, I ask that you do so outside, or at least make sure you are in a well-ventilated space."

Ramaphosa called on citizens to limit travel, wear masks and regularly wash hands, continuing to comment that:

"The next few weeks will be a great test of our restraint. This year is unlike any other year we've lived before. We will have to give up short-lived pleasures to protect ourselves and others."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement released shortly after President Ramaphosa's address, Mkhize commented that:

"As announced by His Excellency, President MC Ramaphosa, today a cumulative total of 866 127 COVID-19 cases have been reported."
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In addition to the increase in infections, Mkhize confirmed the latest reported fatalities:

"Regrettably, 175 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 93, Free State16, Gauteng 4, Kwa-Zulu Natal 5, North West 5, Northern Cape 20 and Western Cape 32. This brings the total to 23 451 deaths."

Earlier, reported that Ramaphosa highlighted social gatherings as the largest source of outbreaks in South Africa, with little social distancing being observed and overcrowded venues.

Two more hotspots were announced by Ramaphosa, namely the Garden Route and the Sarah Bartman region.

These regions will now be placed under the same restrictions as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

With immediate effect, Ramaphosa announced stricter enforcement of Level 1 restrictions.

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