Covid-19 surge: Ramaphosa to address SA on Monday

Durban's beaches were busy on Saturday, ahead of an expected influx of holidaymarkers to the coast.
Durban's beaches were busy on Saturday, ahead of an expected influx of holidaymarkers to the coast.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu/Sunday Times

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Monday about the government's response to the second wave of Covid-19 infections in SA.

“The address follows meetings on Sunday of the national coronavirus command council (NCCC), the president’s co-ordinating council (PCC), and a special sitting of cabinet,” the presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

The exact time of Ramaphosa's address will be announced on Monday.

SA recorded 154 more Covid-19 related deaths and 7,882 new infections on Saturday.

Health experts have pleaded with authorities to ramp up the enforcement of Covid-19 protocols as a second wave “that seems determined to dwarf the first wave” sweeps across SA, the Sunday Times reported.

The warning comes as coastal provinces prepare for December 16, a public holiday that usually attracts an influx of tourists to the country's beaches.

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