When is the President Speaking Again?

As South Africa sees a rise in Covid-19 infections amid a looming third wave of the virus many wonder when they can expect a national address from President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding what measures will be taken to get this spread under control.

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As South Africa sees a rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths amid a looming third wave of the virus many wonder when they can expect a national address from President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding what measures will be taken to get this spread under control.

It is said that the President can be expected to address South Africa on the third wave of Covid-19 'soon', this is according to acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni who spoke about the rising number of cases in the country in a briefing on Thursday. 

Ntshavheni said that Cabinet was well aware of the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections as well as Covid-19 related deaths. 

She said that Cabinet was however pleased with the rollout of the national vaccination campaign and that thousands of people had already gotten their shots. As of Thursday, 828 204 people had been vaccinated. 

"We are all noticing the numbers as they are going up, in terms of infections, and people are starting to notice a tick-up in terms of deaths. Cabinet is discussing and consulting on the measures to make sure we protect South Africans. A decision will be taken soon after the consultations and we will announce the date when the president will then hold the family meeting. We can confirm there will be a family meeting soon."-acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

More than 2 million people have already registered in the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS) to get vaccinated. The government has been rolling out the double-dose Pfizer vaccines because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on hold due to an international audit that is currently underway. 

Ntshavheni has asked South Africans to be patient with the government as there are a limited number of vaccines available. 

She says that the government is continuing to engage with Pfizer who is availing vaccines to South Africa, to increase its supplies to the country. 

“As it stands, the provinces and the department of health are doing their best to make sure that the majority of those who are 60 years of age and older are vaccinated before we reach the third wave to make sure that they have built some level of  immunity before the third wave hits us," she said. 

While the government works to roll out the vaccinations as fast as possible, they have urged citizens to continue to observe health protocols such as washing or sanitizing their hands regularly, wearing a mask which covers both the mouth and nose as well as social distancing. 

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