Second curve for South Africa; National State of Disaster extended; restrictions for Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
In his address last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a stern warning that the second wave of COVID-19 infections is on the horizon. Stricter restrictions for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape were implemented. In his address he stated, “Following a recommendation of the National Coronavirus Command Council and after consultation with Premiers, metro mayors and traditional leaders, Cabinet has decided to declare the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality a coronavirus hotspot. In addition to the existing Alert Level 1 regulations, the following additional restrictions will apply in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro with effect from midnight tonight:
These additional measures are necessary to contain the resurgence in Nelson Mandela Bay, to prevent outbreaks resulting from social gatherings and to protect the capacity of the healthcare system to provide care to those who need it. In the coming days the Minister of Health will be visiting the Sarah Baartman District and the Garden Route to assess the situation and to engage with various stakeholders in the province. Based on this assessment and the development of the disease in these areas, the National Coronavirus Command Council will determine the appropriate course of action.
To ensure that we maintain the current prevention measures, the National State of Disaster will be extended to the 15th of January 2021 in line with the Disaster Management Act.
All existing Level 1 restrictions remain in force throughout the country.
We have all the tools we need to prevent a resurgence in the rest of the country.
We can only do this if everyone plays their part.
We can only prevent a second wave if all of us respect the rules that have been put in place for the protection of everyone.
For the safety of all of us, those who break the rules must face consequences.”
The coronavirus pandemic reached a terrible new milestone overnight: 1,5 million people have died from the virus, with over 10 000 now dying daily. Half a million of these deaths occurred in just the last two months, with 65 million people infected overall. With the Festive Season, school holidays and Christmas celebrations on our doorstep, we all need to play our part. No facemasks on the chin!! Sanitise. Wash those hands. Keep yourself safe so your family and friends may stay safe. Let’s add to the Season that is to be jolly and sacred and STAY SAFE!
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