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South Africa is scheduled to sit down for a family meeting tonight as the President will be addressing the nation. This address comes after Ramaphosa held meetings with the National Coronavirus Command Council.


Amid the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa despite the adjusted alert level 3 lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa hints that a national address will be taking place soon. 


With the President engaging in a National Coronavirus Command Council meeting and the country suffering under the weight of the second wave, conversations of a lockdown level 5 being implemented seems to fill the air. Here's what we do know.


In efforts to fight against the second wave of the coronavirus in SA, a new cohort of health workers is set to assist the healthcare system in the New Year. 


Political parties show mixed reactions to the level 3 lockdown imposed across South Africa, on Monday 28 December. 

 

 

 


Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the South African government's plan to roll out a Covid-19 vaccine by the second quarter of 2021 is on track. 


In President Cyril Ramaphosa's latest national address, a list of new Covid-19 hotspots around South Africa was released. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa says discussions are in place with other vaccine manufacturers in addition to the COVAX facility which South Africa has already secured. 


On Sunday South Africa surpassed the one million mark for COVID-19 cases and many have been speculating about whether a hard lockdown will follow. 


On Sunday, South Africa exceeded one million COVID-19 cases, with 1 004 413 cumulative cases reported by Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize. 

 


The National Department of Health and the Solidarity Fund has announced that South Africa has made the down payment to secure the country's entry into the COVAX facility. 


The Covax vaccine administered for the coronavirus is set to be delivered to South Africa by the first half of 2021, however it's said to only be enough for 3% of the population of the country. 


The President has revealed who will be first in line to get the vaccine once it's ready. He also spoke on when we can expect the vaccine to be completed and ready to be distributed. This family meeting, although not as harsh, was definitely one which was needed.


Following the President's address, we now wait for the collection of Ministers in the country to outline the restrictions on regulations under Level 1. Dlamini-Zuma has given further details on these Lockdown Level 1 regulations. She also explained why government decided to keep the curfew in place, though many have said it should be lifted.


The President stepped up to our screens and delivered his usual address to the nation. This time, six months into Lockdown, we saw a move to Level 1 and easing of a lot of restrictions moving closer and closer to the new normal Post-Covid. 


President Ramaphosa just made the announcement we were all waiting for! South Africans will see a move to Level 1 from next week onwards. With a decline in infections and deaths, Government has also decided to expand the criteria for those who can get tested for the virus.


Ceres was one of the Western Cape's coronavirus hotspots. The province's education department has had to answer for a coronavirus outbreak at one of its schools.

 


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that public schools will have a four week break. However, grade 12 and 7 learners and teachers will have a shorter holiday period than other grades.

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