RECORDED | President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation

01 February 2021 - 13:06 By aphiwe deklerk

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm about the latest developments regarding Covid-19.

His spokesperson Tyron Seale confirmed on Monday that the president will address the nation after a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the cabinet.

The country is under lockdown level 3 with all sales and transportation of alcohol banned. Parks and beaches are closed  and gatherings, except for funerals, are prohibited. A maximum of 50 people are allowed at funerals.

Ramaphosa’s address comes on the same day the country receives its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from India.

TimesLIVE reported earlier that Ramaphosa was expected to announce a lift on the ban on sales and distribution of alcohol and a move to a lower Covid-19 lockdown level.

Ramaphosa is expected to announce a move back to lockdown level 2.

He is also expected to announce the reopening of beaches and parks and a relaxation of the curfew to 11 pm. 

This comes as the country is experiencing a decrease in the number of new Covid-19  infections.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm today, February 1 2021, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The address follows meetings in recent days of the NCCC, the President’s Coordinating Council and cabinet,” Seale said.