‘Deeply worried’ Ramaphosa warns of even stricter Covid measures

‘Deeply worried’ Ramaphosa warns of even stricter Covid measures

President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that even stricter Covid-19 measures could be on the cards, especially in virus-ravaged Gauteng. 

‘Deeply worried’ Ramaphosa warns of even stricter Covid measures
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Ramaphosa was speaking in Cape Town on Tuesday during the launch of the National Ports Authority.


Infections in Gauteng account for 70 percent of the new cases reported in South Africa.


Ramaphosa admitted there might be a need to review the current lockdown level in order to stem the time of infections. 


"Yes, I am deeply worried,” he said.

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“We are seeing infection rates that seem to be much higher than we have seen before.


"Premier (David Makhura) is dealing with this challenge as best as he can, and I know that the acting Minister of Health is involved. We are grateful to have soldiers to call on, who are able to go in and assist as the deployment of more medical personnel." 


Ramaphosa warned that the possibility of imposing stricter measures will be discussed when the National Coronavirus Command Council meets. 


"We are in the third wave and the issue of moving on to another level is a matter that will be discussed by the NCCC. It will meet and make recommendations, and clearly there seem to be indications that we have got to increase the measures, particularly in Gauteng."  

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