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“A resurgence at any scale will not just dramatically reverse our health gains. It will choke the green shoots of economic recovery that have emerged, and take us back from spring to winter,” warned Ramaphosa.

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On Monday morning, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s letter to the nation focussed on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the current transition from relief to recovery…

The President highlighted the government’s actions taken to curb the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We massively expanded social protection on a scale that has never been attempted before in this country,” noted Ramaphosa.

“We are one of the few countries in the world where the right of access to social security is enshrined in the Constitution, and we can be proud that during this grave crisis we gave practical expression to this right in many ways.”

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Transition from relief to recovery

“The emergency measures we put in place have laid a firm foundation on which to rebuild our economy,” said Ramaphosa.

“As our focus now shifts to the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, our priority will be to stimulate growth and create jobs.”

Remain vigilant – Covid-19 is still here

“It is all the more critical at this time, more so with the festive season approaching, that we do not become the architects of our own undoing,” warned the President.

“A resurgence at any scale will not just dramatically reverse our health gains. It will choke the green shoots of economic recovery that have emerged, and take us back from spring to winter.”

“When we fail to wear a mask at a social gathering, when we attend crowded events, we are not only putting ourselves and others at risk. We are also putting our economic recovery in jeopardy.”

“Let us all continue to play our part.”

 Read the FULL LETTER TO THE NATION here.

Current Covid-19 Stats in South Africa

On Sunday evening, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that 20 more people had died from Covid-19. Of those, 19 were from the Eastern Cape, while one was from Gauteng.

The total deaths related to Covid-19 stands at 19 809.

“Our recoveries now stand at 679 688 which translates to a recovery rate of 92%.”

Currently Gauteng has registered the highest number of recorded cases, followed by KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.

According to the government’s latest statistics, the Free State currently has the highest number of active cases, followed by KZN and the Eastern Cape.

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