South Africa Reimposes Curfew, Bans Alcohol As COVID-19 Cases Spike

By Chinenye Festus:-
In South Africa, Coronavirus infection numbers keep skyrocketing in recent days.
At least 12,000 infections are recorded daily, translating to around 500 infections every hour, severely straining health care resources.
South Africa has been said to be the worst-affected country on the continent with 276,242 registered cases including 4,079 deaths as of Sunday.
South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday re-imposed a night curfew and suspended alcohol sales as coronavirus infections spiked and the health system risked being overwhelmed.
“As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that could have been avoided,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.
“We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity, the sale, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect,” Ramaphosa said. “There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence as well as trauma that is alcohol-induced.”
He also ordered a curfew from 9pm (1900GMT) until 4am (0200GMT) starting Monday.
Ramaphosa warned that the “coronavirus storm” South Africa faced was “far fiercer and more destructive than any we have known before”.
“It is stretching our resources and our resolve to their limits,” he said.

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