JOHANNESBURG, 11 January 2021 – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will Monday night address fellow South Africans on actions taken by his government to tackle the new coronavirus pandemic.
The address will focus on “the unfolding pandemic in the country and on the continent, including efforts to secure vaccines for all,” the presidency said Monday in a statement.
South Africa has purchased and expects to receive its first one million doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the Serum Institute of India later this month.
Another 500,000 doses are expected next month, according to the country’s health ministry.
Ramaphosa called a week ago for stricter measures, including banning the sale of alcohol and banning all gatherings except for funerals, in an effort to stem the spread of pandemic.
A new variant of the virus that reportedly transmitted more easily has many panicked that South Africa’s best efforts to stem the spread of the virus may be defeated by the rapid mutation of “beast” itself.
South Africa has the highest number of COVID-19 cases of any African country, with 1.23 million cases confirmed, with no fewer than 33,163 deaths and 966,000 full recoveries.