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Ramaphosa to address nation at 8 pm tonight

The president will address the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on 17 June 2020 on the easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8 pm on Sunday evening.

The president will address the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

South Africa is now among the top 10 countries with the most COVID-19 cases. At least 264,184 positive cases were reported in the country with 3,971 deaths.

Over 200 countries across the world have been affected by the virus since the first cases were identified in China last year.

More than 12 million people have been infected globally.

During his address in June, the president announced the further easing of lockdown regulations.

Since then liquor outlets have been permitted to sell alcohol from Monday to Thursday under strict conditions.

However, the sale of liquor has impacted hospitals. Health officials have raised concerns as trauma units have been overburdened by alcohol-related admissions, drying up COVID-19 resources.

Government also shared concerns about the disregard for lockdown regulations by many South Africans.

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