President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation tonight. This comes as South Africa recently entered its second wave of Covid-19 infections.
The President recently met with Cabinet to plan a way forward for the country. A time for the address has not yet been announced.
Nelson Mandela Bay and the Garden route are the first hotspots that were identified. Now, most new cases are being recorded in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
"The measures that are being taken in relation to Nelson Mandela Bay are not meant to punish the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay. They are not intended to increase the hardship that is already being experienced by our citizens. These measures are needed to contain the spread of the virus and to save lives" said the President.
On 13 December, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported that the country recorded 7 999 new cases since the last report.
A total number of 860 964 Covid-19 cases have been reported in South Africa. Six provinces have recorded a total of 170 new deaths, bringing the total deaths to 23 276.
Deaths per province as at 13 December 2020:
- Eastern Cape 94
- Free State 11
- Gauteng 3
- Kwa-Zulu Natal 4
- Northern Cape 4
- Western Cape 54
KwaZulu Natal and the Garden Route have cancelled big events that were scheduled to take place during the festive season.
“The Executive Council, on the advice of medical and scientific practitioners, resolved not to encourage the hosting of major events in the province, owing to the threat and risks imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala.
"We can gather, we can have a good festive season but we also have to be responsible in understanding that in some instances, we're not going to have the freedom that we had before...We must ensure for our country and our economy that by doing those things we can still keep the economy moving, " said Glenton de Kock, CEO of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry.