President Cyril Ramaphosa could announce stricter lockdown regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 as a rise in infections continues to spark fears of a second wave in South Africa.
A Bloomberg report had revealed that the National Coronavirus Command Council would meet this week to discuss reintroducing lockdown restrictions.
Ramaphosa announced that regulations would be eased to Level One last month after the number of new infections declined, but that trend has reversed in several provinces recently showing an alarming rise in infections.
He took to his weekly newsletter on Monday, writing: “When we fail to wear a mask at a social gathering, when we attend crowded events, we are not only putting ourselves and others at risk. We are also putting our economic recovery in jeopardy.”
Ramaphosa added: “A resurgence at any scale will not just dramatically reverse our health gains, it will choke the green shoots of economic recovery that have emerged, and take us back from spring to winter.”
The President had been set to address the nation two weeks ago, but had to practice self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
According to Bloomberg, a range of experts will address the National Coronavirus Command Council before recommendations are made to Cabinet on 13 November. Ramaphosa will then address the nation thereafter, which has now been confirmed as happening before the 13th. Ramaphosa will be speaking on 11 November, Wednesday at 8pm.
Data from the Department of Health on Tuesday showed that 737 278 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in SA with more than 90% recovered and 19 089 dead.