President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation next week on the outcomes of the meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).

Speaking to the media at a post-cabinet briefing on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said the briefing would come after the Cabinet deliberated the outcomes of the NCC to be held next week.

Mthembu said “Yes, definitely, let’s confirm next week we will have the NCCC and after NCCC cabinet will, indeed, sit and deliberate on the discussions of the NCCC.

’’And after that, President Ramaphosa will brief the nation on the developments in South Africa as it relate to our management of the Covid-19 and the mitigation measures we have put in place to save lives and protect livelihoods,” Mthembu said.

Ramaphosa’s address will follow an undertaking he made during the oral question session in the National Council of Provinces that he would address the nation this week.

Mthembu also said the government was concerned some people were behaving recklessly and irresponsibly as if Covid-19 no longer existed.

“Cabinet calls on all people in South Africa to continue to adhering to health protocols of practising social distancing, wearing a mask all the time when in public and washing our hands with water and soap or alcohol-based sanitiser.

He aded that “Again, we must avoid large gatherings because that is where infections happen. Such consistent behaviour remain the greatest defence in protecting ourselves and others from the virus”.

“Our responsible actions will ensure we minimise the rates of infection while we continue to build and rebuild the economy.”