Ramaphosa in urgent Covid-19 crisis meeting


Bongani Siziba

Johannesburg-South African president Cyril Ramaphosa will today meet the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) after the country’s death toll breached the 30 000 mark.

Ramaphosa revised lockdown restrictions to level three last week, when he announced a 14-day ban on the sale of alcohol.

South Africa is battling the resurgence of Covid-19 cases on the back of a new more deadly variant. To date, South Africa has recorded 1 127 759 Covid-19 cases and 30 524 deaths. The recoveries stand at 920 879.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams wrote on her Twitter handle on Tuesday:

“Tomorrow, January 6 2021, the National Coronavirus Command Council will be meeting at 9am”.

Meanwhile, South Africa had hit a landmark for active Covid-19 cases on Tuesday evening, with 176 356 cases recorded across the country. It also recorded more than 500 deaths for the second time since the beginning of the pandemic.

“14 410 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the national total infections in the past 24 hours to 1 127 795. The infections came from 47 875 tests, a positively rate of 30.1%” said Mkhize.

Kwazulu Natal still remains the virus’ epicentre, with 71 178 active cases, followed by Western Cape with 41 924 and Gauteng 31 681.

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