President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation tonight

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address South Africans at 8pm tonight. Image: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm about the latest developments regarding Covid-19.

His spokesperson Tyron Seale confirmed on Monday that the president will address the nation after a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the cabinet.

The country is under lockdown level 3 with all sales and transportation of alcohol banned. Parks and beaches are closed  and gatherings, except for funerals, are prohibited. A maximum of 50 people are allowed at funerals.

Ramaphosa’s address comes on the same day the country receives its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from India.

TimesLIVE reported earlier that Ramaphosa was expected to announce a lift on the ban on sales and distribution of alcohol and a move to a lower Covid-19 lockdown level.

Ramaphosa is expected to announce a move back to lockdown level 2.

He is also expected to announce the reopening of beaches and parks and a relaxation of the curfew to 11 pm.

This comes as the country is experiencing a decrease in the number of new Covid-19  infections.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm today, February 1 2021, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The address follows meetings in recent days of the NCCC, the President’s Coordinating Council and cabinet,” Seale said.


By Aphiwe Deklerk – TimesLIVE


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