The president of South Africa has banned the sale of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bandages as part of new restrictions to help the country revive coronovirus, including a new version.
In a nationwide address on Monday, Cyril Ramaphosa also announced the closure of all beaches and public swimming pools in the country’s transition hotspots, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and several coastal areas.
Apart from this, the President said that South Africa is extending its nighttime curfew by four hours, all residents should stay indoors from 9 am to 6 am.
“Reckless behavior due to alcohol intoxication has contributed to increased transmission. Ramaphosa said that alcohol related accidents and violence are putting pressure on our hospital emergency units.
“As we had in the early days of lockdown, we now have to level the curve to protect the capacity of our healthcare system to effectively respond to this new wave of infection.”
Ramaphosa said the ban on the sale of alcohol and other new restrictions would come into force at midnight on Monday. The president said that wearing masks in public is mandatory, and anyone found not wearing masks in a public place can be sentenced to prison or a fine.
Ramaphosa said the growth restrictions are necessary due to the increase in Kovid-19 infection, which has outpaced South Africa’s total confirmed virus cases past 1 million.
“Around 27,000 South Africans have died from Kovid-19. The number of new coronovirus infections is increasing at an unprecedented rate, ”he said. “More than 50,000 new cases have been reported since Christmas Eve.”
Ramaphosa announced the new measures after a cabinet meeting and an emergency meeting of the National Coronovirus Command Council. He said the new restrictions would be reviewed in a few weeks and the exemption would be considered only if the number of new cases and hospitals declined.
The country crossed the 1 million figure in confirmed virus cases on Sunday night, when officials reported that the country’s total cases had reached 1,004,413, including 26,735 deaths during the epidemic.
Like Britain, South Africa is battling a variant of Kovid-19, which medical experts believe is more contagious than the original. According to experts, this version is effective in many parts of the country.
The South African Medical Association, which represents nurses and other health workers as well as doctors, warned on Monday that a combination of a greater number of Kovid-19 patients is causing the health system to collapse and prompt people to take immediate care of alcohol the wanted. -Related events. Many holiday celebrations have high levels of alcohol consumption, often leading to increased trauma cases.
When there was previously a total ban on the sale of alcohol in South Africa, according to government figures, trauma cases in hospitals dropped by up to 60%. When the ban on the sale of alcohol was lifted, the trauma cases reverted to previous levels.
On December 27, 13,19.87 new cases per 100,000 people were reported in South Africa’s seven-day rolling average daily confirmed cases per 11.18 new cases in the past two weeks.
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