South Africans have been waiting for hot coals since Sunday night to hear what pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s latest announcement about the new coronavirus, Covid-19, will be, but they will have to wait a while longer.
President Jackson Mthembu said on Monday that Ramaphosa will only address the country tonight about the pandemic.
“By then, there will be greater clarity on the measures needed to reduce the effects of the virus on our country and its people,” Mthembu said.
Many South Africans fear that a state of emergency may be announced and, as a result, a state of total restriction will apply. However, the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, said earlier such measures would only be introduced in extreme circumstances.
According to the latest available figure [Sunday night], 274 people in South Africa have already tested positive for the virus. So far, no deaths have been reported. South Africans have been asked to maintain a healthy distance from one another and strict measures are in place where people do meet.
Mthembu said the exact time when the president will deliver his speech will be confirmed throughout the day.