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President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 2000 hours on Thursday evening, on developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement issued by the Presidency says Ramaphosa’s address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet.

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were eased from adjusted Alert Level 3 to Level 2 mid-September following a sustained decline in infections over several weeks.

Since then, the figures have continued to drop on the back of increased vaccinations, hence the anticipated adjustment.

On Friday, the government will launch the Vooma Vaccination Weekend across the country with the main event taking place in Katlehong, Gauteng.

Vooma Vaccination Weekends aim to mobilise people to get vaccinated as a means to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The public and private health sectors, organised labour and business, faith-based organisations and communities are expected to join forces in this vaccination drive.

Under the Vooma Vaccination Weekend series, political leaders, civil society, traditional leaders, labour and business will also mobilise communities to stay safe by being vaccinated.

Despite millions of South Africans heeding the call to get vaccinated, some people have been reluctant to take the jab saying they doubt its safety.

But health authorities have assured people that vaccines are safe and easy to receive.

They say they protect people against serious illness, hospitalisation and death.

“And when the majority of people in the country are vaccinated, the nation will experience a greater sense of freedom and safety in social interactions and economic activity,” according to government authorities.

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