In an address to the media, President Ramaphosa said that a “strict restriction is still on the table”.
“We expected that we would reach our peak. We first saw how the numbers first skyrocketed in the Western Cape and this is happening now in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. However, this was not unexpected. Of course, we need to increase the number of beds in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. We should see that happen in the next 48 hours.”
He says he knows the command council in Gauteng is already meeting on this.
“They will come back with initiatives on what needs to happen. We, as a national command council, will listen to it and will carefully examine the situation in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, and the Western Cape to see what response may be best. Ramaphosa also said that if the situation gets out of control, the issue of a hard lockdown won’t be out of the question. It’s a good tool to flatten the curve. “
He says it’s important for people’s behavior to change now.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says every area struggling with beds will still have beds in the next 48 hours.
“We will put up marquee tents for the beds ourselves if needed.”
He says the overall plan is to provide beds if there is a problem.