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Ramaphosa to address the nation tonight and this is expected (Opinion)

27 November 2021

Writer:Sphe J Hadebe

THE PRESIDENCY office has confirmed that Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation tonight at at 20:00 on government's response for the pandemic novel corona virus.

This comes after the two days meeting with the National corona virus command council on Saturday and ended on Sunday.

Ramaphosa called an urgent meeting with NCCC as scientists detected new variant last week which is called Omocron and it is fast spreading on many people. Already fice nations in Africa have detected it and other nations across the world too.

This has been seen with the highly increasing number of cases across the country since last week.

To combat and contain the spread of this virus, the government has to implement some measures as advised by the Presidential advisory board which is made up of health experts and researchers.

As Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation tonight, here are the points expected to focus on.

-Move to Level 3

With the high cases recorded, it is expected that Cyril will announce a move from Level 1 to possible 3 and it could last for fifteen days while the government examines the situation around it while they implement some measures. This will also help to reduce the number of hospital admissions as the department of health reported that hospitals are under strain with so much admissions since the outbreak of this variant.

-Curfew

The curfew is expected to be from 22:00 until 4:00. With these changes, it will limit people from being scarce in the evenings and will help stop the spread of the virus.

-Liqour sale

As always, alcohol is always blamed when cases rise. It is expected that government will blame alcohol too and impose restrictions on it. However, knowing the damage the alcohol ban caused, it is unlikely that government will implement a total ban. The liqour industry has lost lot of revenue and jobs due to alcohol ban, as it is many retailers have shut down for good as a result of alcohol ban which has happened about four times since the inception of lockdown in 2020.

-Interprovincial travel

Gauteng remains the epicenter of the virus, to reduce transmission in other provinces, government is likely to impose restrictions on interprovincial travel. However, there are little expectations on that considering that people will be travelling to meet their families this festive.

Vaccine mandatory

While mandatory vaccine is out of the cards but it is expected the government will 8impose it in order to maintain the spread of this variant.

source: https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/family-meeting-ramaphosa-to-address-nation-at-8pm-fcff4516-aa5f-49d3-b8ae-097a15058348

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