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Ramaphosa Calls Emergency NCCC Meeting As COVID-19 Spreads

Ramaphosa COVID-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to COVID-19 spreading like wildfire through South Africa by calling an emergency meeting for the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), which is expected to meet this morning, indicating there will be an announcement in the next few days about changes to lockdown regulations.

President Ramaphosa typically makes an address to the people of South Africa a day or two after such meetings take place.

ANC spokesperson, Phumla Williams said earlier this week that it’s unlikely that the NCCC would meet this week, unless an emergency meeting is called due to difficult circumstances – such as the country’s death toll exceeding 30,000 and 12,601 cases reported on Monday.

The NCCC meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the National Joint OperationalIntelligence Structure (NatJoints), which evaluates the situation on the ground, according to a News24 report. The first cabinet meeting of the year is scheduled for next week.

Ramaphosa was expected to give an update on the COVID-19 lockdown regulations next week, with the level three restrictions announced just before Christmas set to expire next Friday.

There have also been rumours of schools opening earlier and there are questions Ramaphosa needs to address about whether the COVID-19 vaccine will be effective against the new, mutated strain of the virus that’s prevailing in South Africa.

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