JOHANNESBURG: President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday introduced a brand new ban on alcohol gross sales and mentioned mask-wearing can be necessary in public after South Africa turned the continent’s first to file a million coronavirus circumstances. Ramaphosa justified a raft […]
Ramaphosa justified a raft of latest measures by a “fast rise” in infections, most by a brand new pressure of the virus feared to be extra contagious.
He pointed the finger at “super-spreader” social occasions and an “excessive lack of vigilance over the vacation interval”.
“We’ve got let down our guard, and sadly we are actually paying the value,” the president mentioned throughout a solemn televised speech.
Africa’s worst-hit nation beforehand banned alcohol gross sales in March when it was battling its first wave of infections.
Ramaphosa mentioned information confirmed that “extreme alcohol consumption” results in a rise in trauma circumstances reported at hospitals.
Such admissions put “an pointless pressure on our already stretched public well being services,” he mentioned, saying that the brand new ban would begin from midnight.
He mentioned that greater than 41,000 well being staff have contracted Covid-19 because the begin of the pandemic.
The nation’s curfew will now begin at 9 pm — from 11 pm beforehand — whereas non-essential institutions akin to retailers, bars and eating places will shut from eight pm.
All massive gatherings — inside or exterior — can be prohibited for the following two weeks, apart from funerals which can be restricted to 50 individuals.
South Africa handed a million recorded coronavirus circumstances on Sunday, whereas it has registered practically 27,000 deaths.
“Until we act now and except we act decisively, the variety of new infections will far exceed what we skilled throughout the first wave and 1000’s extra individuals will lose their lives,” Ramaphosa mentioned.