Tuesday, 05 January 2021 21:39

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Government communications said there was nothing urgent about tomorrow's national coronavirus command council (NCCC) meeting.

The NCCC was initially only expected to meet next week Monday to review regulations around the adjusted level 3 lockdown, which are set to continue until at least 15 January.

GCIS director general Phumla Williams on Tuesday has announced that members of the joint operations centre will report to the president.

This after rumours were spread that President Cyril Ramaphosa was to address the nation on Monday night.

Messages spread on popular social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook this week stating that that the NCCC was looking to introduce a seven-day level 5 lockdown to help the country cope with a second wave.

However, Williams dismissed the claims, saying that the messages circulating on social media about a return to a harder lockdown were untrue.

And denied that Ramaphosa is about to address the nation any time soon.

"The Presidency will issue a statement to that effect, at the moment, we can only confirm that the command council will be meeting tomorrow."

South Africans have been urged to only accept news from reputable sources and government communication channels.

On 28 December 2020, the president announced that South Africa would move to an adjusted level 3 with immediate effect.

The adjusted level 3 regulations were gazetted on 29 December 2020 and contain further restrictions and stricter penalties for non-compliance with a view to curbing the spread of the virus while retaining a functioning economy insofar as possible.

In addition to new curfew hours and further limitations on gatherings, the president announced a complete ban on the sale of alcohol. He had previously said that these regulations would be reviewed on 15 January.