Covid-19 update: Ramaphosa reportedly set to address South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly set to announce a number of lockdown measures on Thursday evening. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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Another family meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa is loading according to a recent report.

The nation's leader is set to announce a number of measures to curb concerning outbreaks in the country.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on Covid-19 below:

1. Ramaphosa set to address SA: Report

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africa on Thursday evening to announce new measures for Covid-19 hotspots.

This is according to eNCA, who quoted a reliable source as confirming that tough new measures would be unveiled.

Numerous parts of South Africa are experiencing surges with over 4 000 new infections recorded over the course of the past day, the highest spike in recent times.

Covid-19 updates: Booze, curfew rules may be loading for hotspots

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with another update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 796 472 with 4 173 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the increase in cases, Mkhize also confirmed the latest number of fatalities:

"Regrettably, 65 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 4, Free State 15, Gauteng 4, Kwa-Zulu Natal 12 and Western Cape 30 which brings the total to 21 709 deaths."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a number of areas in South Africa are becoming Covid-19 hotspots once again and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has come up with a recommendation.

The NCCC has suggested that there should be a curfew starting at 10pm. The council also said that alcohol sales should be from Monday to Thursday.

Covid-19 update: Concerns Eastern Cape surge may prompt national spike

They said that there should be no drinking of alcohol in public places such as beaches or parks. There was also a suggestion that restaurants should be closed by 9pm.

The areas that are considered hotspots for Covid-19 have not yet been finalised but the government is paying special attention to the Eastern and Western Cape provinces.

The NCCC also recommended that events after funerals such as "after tears" should be prohibited in hotspot areas.

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