16 November 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
It is confirmed that Cyril Ramaphosa will be meeting with the National corona virus command council on Sunday to discuss the measures to be taken.
On Thursday, the National Department of health announced that South Africa has detected the new variant.
This has been noted with the sharp increase of Covid 19 cases recently as now they are close to 3000 cases recorded.
On Friday, the Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, confirmed that Cyril Ramaphosa has called an urgent meeting with the National corona virus command council to discuss the impact of this variant.
Gungubele stated that Ramaphosa will chair a meeting with the NCCC on Sunday to discuss the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in South Africa.
Speaking on whether a hard lockdown will be implemented, Gungubele said “scientific evidence and submissions by different economic and social sectors [would] inform executive decision-making”.
However, Gungubele appeared to rule out another hard lockdown that could wreck Christmas plans for families nationwide.
“We wish there must never be a possibility of locking down this country again. We are still dealing with the damage of 2020,” he told a media briefing after a cabinet meeting.
Sunday's command council meeting will hear from minesterial advisory committees drawing up recommendations after the announcement of the B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant.
As usual, each time the NCCC held a meeting, Cyril Ramaphosa comes in the evening to address the nation and when he does so after sharp increase from the positive cases, he announces that the cabinet takes the country back to hard lockdown level.
It is expected on his address that he will take the country back to level 2 or worst scenario, level 3.
This comes as cases continues to increase daily, so to combat this, as the Presidential advisory council to the National corona virus command council , will see Ramaphosa announcing strict lockdown measures.
It goes without a doubt that large gatherings and alcohol sales will be amongst the restrictions to be announced by Cryil. Chances are he will limit the large number of gathering to atleast 100 maximum and restrict alcohol sales on weekends.
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