President Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h30 on Sunday evening (25 July), to discuss developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president’s address will follow meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet which are taking place during the course of the day.

“As South Africa rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring Covid-19 infection, treatment and patient recovery rates as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures,” the Presidency said in a statement.

The president is expected to ease some of South Africa’s lockdown restrictions, according to the Sunday Times.

Rosemary Anderson, chair of Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), told the Sunday paper that it expects the president to ease the country’s travel and alcohol bans to help get the economy on track.

“Without lifting the alcohol ban, most restaurants will no longer be financially viable, as big portions of profits come from alcohol sales,” said Anderson.

A total of 49,589 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in South Africa, with 12,056 new cases, representing a 24.3% positivity rate. A further 413 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said.

The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (30%), followed by the Western Cape (21%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 14%; Mpumalanga accounted for 8%.

7-day moving average number of cases by province

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President Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening