Government confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Monday, February 1 regarding developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after a meeting of the presidential coordinating council on Sunday, January 31.

The address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms accessible to South Africans and international audiences.

The president placed the country on lockdown Level 3 on December 28, 2020 and also reintroduced the booze ban for the third time since the state of emergency was announced. He also announced a 9pm to 6am curfew.

The last time Ramaphosa addressed the nation was on January 11, when he announced the country would remain on Level 3, but that the curfew was altered from 9pm to 5am. He also announced all the country’s land borders would be closed until February 15, except for outlined purposes including life-threatening conditions, diplomats, repatriation and others.

Since then, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has been pushing for an easing of restrictions in the province. He is calling for the beach ban and alcohol ban to be lifted, as well as for a 11pm to 4am curfew.

Picture: Twitter/ The Presidency

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