President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8 p.m on Monday. He is expected to outline the government’s stance on developments in the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ramaphosa’s address follows recent meetings between the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Co-ordinating Council, and the Cabinet.
“The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), and Cabinet.
The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences,” says Acting Presidential spokesperson Tyrone Seale.
Vaccine arriving on Monday
The President is this afternoon expected to receive one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca, from India.
The batch is scheduled to arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport at 3 pm. There are growing calls for the government to distribute quickly to prevent further deaths and the spread of the coronavirus.
SABC News Foreign Editor Sophie Mokoena is at the airport:
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in the country stands at 1 453 761 with 4 525 new cases identified since the last report.
213 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported with the Eastern Cape accounting for most of the deaths. The death toll stands at 44164.
The latest coronavirus stats: