Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says the provincial government is hopeful that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation before the end of the weekend, regarding the tightening of lockdown restrictions in the province that is most affected by the coronavirus.

Gauteng is now the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, followed by the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

The National Coronavirus Command Council met earlier this week to consider the Gauteng government’s request to reimpose stricter lockdown regulations. Masuku says the increase of infections in the province is partly due to the relaxation of regulations pertaining to the movement of people between provinces.

“Our efforts as government in terms of regulations was quite relaxed and this is also one of the contributory factors in terms of increasing our numbers and having some outbreaks. People who particularly went to Western Cape for funerals, people who went to Eastern Cape for funerals – some of them we do know that there’s some of the outbreaks that happened was as a consequence of such movement. There will be regulations that are on the discussion in terms of them being returned back and being enforced strictly some of the regulations. The NCC had a meeting on Thursday so we will wait for the President to make the address to the nation. I’m hoping that before the weekend is out.”

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