One hundred and seventy more people have died after contracting the coronavirus in South Africa – pushing the death toll to 23,276.
The health department said another 7,999 infections were also picked up over
the past day, with the country’s known number of cases ballooning to almost 860,964.
Gauteng still accounts for the biggest portion of these infections followed by the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, with KwaZulu-Natal not far behind.
With huge spike in Covid-19 infections, RSA is Ready for Hard Lockdown
On the recovery front, 761,011 people have so far recovered.
Over the weekend, he met with Cabinet to discuss saving lives versus livelihoods.
The address also comes after a meeting of the national command council and the presidential coordinating council.
It’s understood Ramaphosa has also met with the governing party’s alliance partners.
It’s the economic cluster’s bid for limited restrictions versus
the health and police departments concerns over capacity that Ramaphosa has to consider.
This with some provinces already concerned about the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases as the holiday season gets under way.
Ramaphosa during his last address to the nation declared three areas,
two in the Eastern Cape and one in the Western Cape as hotspots.
It’s expected more areas will now join the list on (Hard Lockdown).
Meanwhile in Gauteng, as numbers grow,
there is greater concern over how the province will cope with the return of holidaymakers in January.
Provincial spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said the Gauteng government was already working on this.
“We will continue throughout the festive season,
but we will conduct rapid tests when people come back so that we are able to mitigate
the number of infections that will be coming into Gauteng.”
The Presidency is still to announce a time for Ramaphosa’s address on Monday evening.