Cabinet has expressed its concern over the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 infections with fears that the country is on a third wave.

The government is now consulting on the best response to the increasing number of infections with President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to address the nation soon.

On Wednesday, the Health department recorded over 4 600 new infections with COVID-19-related deaths surpassing 56 000. The number of infections has been increasing in the past few days.

Briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says they are still consulting on the government’s best response to the pandemic.

 

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The country has also embarked on Phase 2 of vaccine roll-out with people over the age of 60 being prioritised. But with thousands of them already registered, Ntshavheni says they will have to wait a little longer for their jab. She says the vaccination of those who have registered depends on the availability of vaccines in their provinces.

Digital Vibes

On the alleged corruption in the R150 million Digital Vibes COVID-19 contract and with pressure mounting for Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize to step down, Minister Ntshavheni says in as much as they view any allegation of corruption seriously, the matter was not discussed at the Cabinet level.

E-tolls

She also says Cabinet is still considering the possibility of what should happen with the Gauteng e-tolls given the financial commitments made during the provincial road improvement programme.