Faizel Patel – 15/06/2021
The Presidency has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Tuesday.
In a statement, the Presidency says Ramaphosa’s address follows a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet.
“As South Africa rolls out its national COVID-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures.”
Ramaphosa’s family meeting comes amid rising COVID-19 infection rates as the country finds itself firmly in the grip of the third wave.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Monday announced that 5,552 new cases had been recorded, bringing the total number o f onfirmed cases to 1,752,630.
One hundred and fourteen more people had died as a result of COVID-19, putting South Africa’s total COVID-19 death toll at 57,879.
The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (67%), followed by the Western Cape (8%) and the North West (5%).