Monday, 28 December 2020 18:37

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Monday evening (28 December) regarding developments related to South Africa’s Covid-19 response.

The address follows a meeting on Sunday of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and special sessions today of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.

Ramaphosa’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms including Fullview, that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.

The president is expected to announce strict new lockdown restrictions in South Africa as a way of curbing rising infection rates.

Government is considering reinstating a total ban on liquor sales as the number of Covid-19 infections surge over the summer holiday season, quoting a person familiar with the discussions.

The ban could start on Tuesday (29 December) and last through 10 January 2021, said the person, who requested anonymity because the information is not public and a final decision hasn’t been made.

South Africa had three record-breaking days of infections through 25 December, when it registered 14,796 new cases. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize a day earlier called for stricter measures to curb the spread, which has already battered the economy. The number of confirmed cases in the country passed 1 million on Sunday.