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Ramaphosa expected to extend current lockdown restrictions


11 January 2021

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to announce an extension of the current Covid-19 restrictions following a series of meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders.

Expectations are also rife that Monday’s
address will also see the ban on alcohol extended for another month.

The address comes hard on the heels after matric markers withdrew their services as a result of spikes in Covid-19 cases resulting in the marking of grade 12 exams been postponed forthwith.

Monday evening address by the President also comes as hospitals in the country are now overwhelmed with patients.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria to see the situation obtaining at the facility after images on social media were posted of sick people sleeping outside the hospital after failing to access hospital beds.

Ramaphosa’s address comes as numbers in Gauteng continue to swirl on a daily basis, with other provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, a worrying concern.

Tyronne Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President said that the Monday 11 January 2021 evening address follows developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“There have been meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.” Seale said.

Seale said that, “President Ramaphosa also hosted a virtual engagement on Sunday 10 January 2020 between government and interfaith leaders on the COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy which is an inclusive national effort that enables adaptive responses to the shifting pandemic.”

This engagement focused on the unfolding pandemic in the country and on the continent, including efforts to secure vaccines for all.

The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.