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Cyril To Address The Nation & Alcohol Ban On The Cards?

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation this evening at 20h00, Sunday, 28 November 2021, his address comes in the wake of a myriad of meetings he held with the National Coronavirus Command Council and other stakeholders on developments in the country’s response against the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some people had already predicted the likelihood of the President potentially addressing the nation, this is following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, which is highly transmissible and has caused an exponential increase of cases over the last 10 days.

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South Africa has also been squeezed by the global community which has closed its borders to the variant despite there not been any scientific evidence to substantively prove the severity of the variant.

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Locally, reports have indicated that the virus has seen an exponential rise in parts of Tshwane where students at TUT are believed to have spreaded the virus.

And with the festive season soon approaching, it would certainly make sense for the President to put measures in place to avoid a potential crisis like in 2020, whereby stringent regulations were imposed almost during the Christmas period heading to the new year.

And you could argue that the virus had already wreaked enough damage at that time.

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Of course South Africans are known to love their alcohol, and speculation has swirled that he might impose another booze ban to ensure restaurants and other leisure places are not overcrowded which could see the virus spike and potentially spiral out of control.

Some section of society has posed legitimate questions regarding the effectiveness of the vaccines government has so far administered to reduce the risk of the disease.

More than 25 million doses have been administered so far, nonetheless, the fact remains that vaccine doesn't prevent infection instead it reduces the risk of severe sickness and at worse death.

PHOTO: Twitter - B.1.1.529 variant.

It is therefore one's opinion that the President should impose stringent lockdown restrictions, however, he should also strive to strike the balance between curbing the spread of the virus and ensuring that the economy is not badly impacted as was the case upon nascent of the pandemic.

We certainly cannot afford another jobs bloodbath, plenty of South Africans can barely survive at this point in time.

Do you think Ramaphosa will impose another Alcohol ban considering its devastating impact on the economy?

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