Here we go. It’s not going to be pretty, but hopefully, it’ll be exactly what we need to stop this latest wave of COVID-19 in its tracks. Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on Sunday evening – and lockdown changes are allegedly afoot. You can catch the whole event here, by following the live stream shared below.
When will Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation on Sunday?
The president is set to deliver his speech at 20:00. After a series of high-level discussions today, Ramaphosa will then inform the nation of what steps are required to quell the spread of the virus. It was confirmed yesterday that the troublesome Delta variant is behind the recent resurgence – jolting Cabinet into action.
Meetings were brought forward immediately, and just hours after ministers were presented with some sobering forecasts, the latest family meeting was hastily arranged. Many of us will probably be watching this one from behind the sofa…
Live stream: Watch Cyril Ramaphosa’s lockdown announcement here:
[The live stream will appear just before 20:00]
Delta surge: Gauteng now, other provinces soon…
The acting Minister said the National Department of Health has activated its surge response, which is executed together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Surge Team deployed in the country.
The department has also employed 10 intervention areas that provinces must adopt to aid in the resurgence preparations and response. According to the acting health minister, the sharp rise in infections WILL NOT be limited to Gauteng.
“There should be no sense of complacency in other provinces which are all demonstrating upward trajectories and the wave in Gauteng will inevitably spill over into the rest of the country.”
“I am certain that at this point, our healthcare workers are tapping into the most profound depths of strength, resilience and compassion – despite being exhausted and mentally drained by a 15-month long war.”
Intervention areas include governance and leadership, medical supplies, port, and environmental health, epidemiology, facility readiness, case management, risk communication and community engagement, occupational health and safety, infection prevention and control, and human resources.
What is more, the department will continue to monitor daily infections, hospital admissions, mortality rate, oxygen availability, personal protective equipment (PPE) availability, and medicine supply.