Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will address the country again tonight regarding the latest developments regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed this to various media agencies.
According to reports, the national Covid-19 command council and the cabinet met again last week and Ramaphosa will make further announcements about the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to control the spread of Covid-19.
The Sunday Times reports that the president may once again impose a curfew, stricter measures on the sale of alcohol and further restrictions on provincial travel.
Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said during a visit to Tshwane District Hospital on Friday that the issue was submitted to the board of command to consider after receiving numerous complaints about alcohol-related incidents and the pressures it places on hospitals.
He said the partial lifting of the liquor ban under level 3 regulations had a 40% to 50% increase in the number of trauma cases.
The ban on alcohol sales was lifted with the entry into force of level 3 on 1 June. Liquor sales were initially banned when the state of total seclusion was announced by Ramaphosa at the end of March.
There is also a ban on the sale of tobacco products that are still valid. The government has already been dragged to court over the issue and the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita)’s application for leave to appeal will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria on 15 July.
South Africa has 264,184 confirmed Covid-19 cases and the overall mortality rate at this stage stands at 3,971.
Ramaphosa last addressed the country on June 17. He then announced that more industries could open after moving to risk level 3 on June 1. Among other things, it was announced that restaurants could reopen for dinners and that movies, theaters and casinos could reopen.
Personal care services such as hair and beauty salons have been resumed and non-contact sports such as golf, tennis and cricket may have started again.