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’Family meeting’ on the cards

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa will be engaging in consultations with political parties and the religious sector on Covid-19 pandemic before convening a “family meeting”.

In a statement, government spokesperson Phumla Williams said that Ramaphosa on Tuesday chaired meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Co-ordinating Council to deliberate on developments in the national response to the pandemic.

“The meetings reflected on the rate of Covid-19 infections and vaccination and assessed the Covid-19 prevention measures in force under adjusted Level 3 of the national state of disaster.

“The NCCC agreed that government will in the coming days hold consultations with political parties and the religious sector on the observance of safety measures,” Williams said.

“Following these discussions, the president will address the nation on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination, to continue the protection of lives and livelihoods, and the conditions that would apply to a relaxation of regulations and directions linked to the national state of disaster.”

The meetings are being held against the backdrop of the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases which stands at 2,824,063, with 4,118 new cases reported on Monday.

The Health Department reported that there were 198 deaths, bringing the total number to 83,617.

The cumulative number of recoveries stood at 2,599,667, with a recovery rate of 92.1%.

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