LIVE FEED: Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Covid-19
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation at 8pm on Sunday as the country records 3 961 new Covid-19 cases.
The Presidency has confirmed that Ramaphosa will address the nation and he is expected to speak about developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The President’s address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Co-ordinating Council and Cabinet.
“As South Africa rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment, recovery and vaccination rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures,” the Presidency said in a statement.
On Sunday, South Africa reported 3 961 new Covid-19 cases, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.
“A total of 35 965 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 3 961 new cases, which represents an 11% positivity rate,” the NICD said on Twitter.
“A further 126 #Covid19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 84 877 to date.”
The NICD said that the current surge in Covid-19 infections seemed to be showing signs of a “sustained downward trend”.
Earlier this week, it was reported that children aged 12 and older were now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The South African Product Health Regulatory Authority (Saphra) on Friday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children.