The national state of disaster extended until 15 December 2020
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Wednesday evening following a cabinet meeting on the country’s response to the corona virus pandemic.
The national state of disaster has been extended until 15 December 2020.
Here’s what the President emphasised on his speech:
- The President urged South Africans about the importance of protecting yourself and all the people around you.
• The number of deaths has declined and a total number of new hospital admissions has also declined for 14 consecutive week.
• The sale of alcohol at retail outlets now permitted during regular trading hours.
• Covid-19 unemployment grant will last until January 2021.
• Several vaccines around the world are still being tested and South Africa is collaborating with several multinational pharmaceutical companies to obtain safe and effective vaccine.
• Over the past month Eastern Cape has seen a surge in infections, and the president is worried that this could spread to other parts of the country.
“We need to pay attention to is the upcoming festive season, during which many South Africans travel to other parts of the country and where people tend to gather socially. We can avoid a second wave if we each play our part, if we remember what we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe,” said Ramaphosa.
There’s still a possibility of an increase in the rate of infections. Students are still encouraged to wear masks both on campus and at their communal areas in residence.
• Keep a minimum of 1.5 metres away from other people to avoid large groups.
• Must continue to wash hands with soap and water.
• Sanitize frequently touched surface areas.