- The government is monitoring the increase in daily Covid-19 cases in KZN and the Western Cape.
- Cyril Ramaphosa says he wants the country to be a vaccine manufacturing hub.
- The country moved to Level 3 lockdown this week.
The rising number of Covid-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape is being monitored and the government may make changes to lockdown restrictions.
During his visit to vaccination sites in Tembisa and Midrand on Thursday, Ramaphosa said the rise in numbers in the two provinces was concerning.
On Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 1 975 new Covid-19 cases and the Western Cape 4 667.
Significant increases in new #COVID19 cases reported in coastal provinces of #RSA???? today:— Ridhwaan Suliman (@rid1tweets) July 28, 2021
• 4,667 in WESTERN CAPE = new daily record ??
• 1,975 in KWAZULU NATAL = biggest single day increase since January ??
• 946 in EASTERN CAPE = biggest single day increase since January ?? pic.twitter.com/inn6bwQ7RY
On Sunday, Ramaphosa moved the country to Alert Level 3, easing restrictions by, among others, allowing the sale of alcohol and the reopening of gyms and churches.
"We are dealing with a very fluid pandemic. We are seeing a rise in infections [in some provinces]. Every two weeks we will evaluate the situation and communicate to the country - and, if indeed we are seeing a rise, we have to adjust. We are dealing with an evolving type of situation."
The president said the most important thing now is for people to show up at vaccination sites to ensure the country reaches population immunity.
"Vaccine shortage will no longer be a problem. There is no longer a drought of vaccines. We have a good supply."
"With seven million people vaccinated, we should be heading towards population immunity soon."
Ramaphosa said he wanted the country to be a "manufacturing hub" for Covid-19 vaccines.
Currently, the Aspen plant in Gqeberha fills and finishes Johnson and & Johnson vaccines produced in other parts of the world.
He said the continent needed to be ready to address future pandemics.
"Covid-19 has enabled innovative and creative ways of addressing future pandemics a lot more effectively and efficiently. As far as vaccine manufacturing and doing it effectively, it has been a wake-up call. The continent has woken up and we are in charge of our own health destiny. It's a wonderfully involved story."