President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation this evening on the 3rd of December on the current stance in the fight against the Coronavirus.
In his opening statement he said that there was now clear evidence of a resurgence in parts of the country which “could lead to great suffering and death if we do not act.”
He said that hospital admissions are on the increase and can be likened to the numbers recorded during the first stages of the lockdown.
He blamed inter-provincial travel and the movement of seasonal workers between provinces as well as large gatherings in contravention to the Level 1 restrictions.
Funerals and the so-called “after-tears parties” were labelled as the major causes of transmissions. He also cited the alarming increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions.
“The most urgent task right now is to contain the rise in infections in the Eastern and Western Cape. The resurgence plan is therefore being put into action. Like a bushfire, we need to quickly extinguish the small flames before it turns into a wildfire.”
Additional measures will be implemented in the Coronavirus Hot spots. Following the recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council and after consultations with traditional leaders, extra measures will be put in place in areas identified as hot spots.
Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is declared as a hot spot and in addition to the existing level 1 regulations, the following will apply in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as of 12:00 tonight:
• Curfew from 22:00 to 04:00 which means that no person may be outside their place of residence during these times except for emergency workers.
• Sale of alcohol only between Monday and Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00
• Public consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in order to prevent large social gatherings.
• Gatherings including religious gatherings may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events.
• All post-funeral gatherings are prohibited.
• No initiation schools allowed in Nelson Mandela Bay
The Minister of Health will be visiting the Garden Route and the Sarah Bartman district to assess the situation and development of the disease in these areas, the National Coronavirus Command Council will make a decision as to the way forward.
Law enforcement officials have been instructed to enforce hygiene protocols such as the wearing of masks and other measures. R327 million will paid toward the acquisition of a vaccine. The funds will come from the Covid-19 solidarity fund.