Covid-19 surge: Ramaphosa to address SA on Monday

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Monday, December 14, 2020 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.