South Africa bans sale of alcohol AGAIN and reinstates night time curfew

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2020

The easing of restrictions allowed the sale of alcohol for four days a week.

But alcohol-related accidents and violence have put a strain on the hospital facilities that are desperately required for COVID-19 patients.

Ramaphosa also announced the reintroduction of a curfew between 9pm and 4am, aimed at reducing the pressure on hospitals through a reduction in trauma injuries.

"The storm is upon us", Ramaphosa said, even while "many are downplaying the seriousness of this virus", and failing to adhere to the rules meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Sunday night.

Ontario, with a population of 14.6 million, reported 129 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Saturday, according to public health agency data.

Ramaphosa said that since the sale of alcohol was re-introduced in June, hospitals have experienced a spike in admissions in their trauma and emergency wards.

"While the surge of infections has been expected, the force and the speed with which it has progressed has, quite understandably, caused great concern", said Ramaphosa.

Some of the measures - apart from the alcohol ban and curfew - will also include the mandatory wearing of masks, and legal obligation of businesses to ensure those entering their workplaces are wearing masks. While the Gauteng region has registered the highest number of infections, Northern Cape has the lowest number of cases and mortalities. Johannesburg's densely populated Soweto township is one of the hot spots.

"On the recommendation of the National Coronavirus Command Council, Cabinet has therefore decided that the country will remain at alert level 3 at this time, but that we should however strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations and take certain additional measures".

However, it noted that this was unlikely to decrease the number of coronavirus cases, while causing untold harm to the economy.

"We can expect to see the numbers of cases and hospitalisations to increase for a number of weeks".

SA has completed more than 2 million coronavirus tests to date, and over 20 million screenings.

Africa's 54 countries have collectively reported 577,904 cases, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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