PRETORIA, 18 June 2021 – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced new, stricter restrictions as the country faces a third wave of COVID-19.

A nationwide curfew will now begin at 10 pm and remain in force until dawn the next day.

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South Africa – Source Pinterest

Billboard Urges South Africans to Stay Home - Photo The Conversation

Billboard Urges South Africans to Stay Home – Photo The Conversation

Public gatherings remain limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

Sales of alcohol are now limited to twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays.

South Africa’s ongoing vaccination against COVID-19 has been criticized for moving at a pace considered by many to be too sluggish.

Ramaphosa told fellow South Africans on Wednesday that his government has ordered and expects to receive two million vaccines of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A Patient Receives the COVID-19 Vaccine Jab - Photo WOWKTV

A Patient Receives the COVID-19 Vaccine Jab – Photo WOWKTV

The Elderly Queue at a Vaccination Site in South Africa - Photo WFMZ

The Elderly Queue at a Vaccination Site in South Africa – Photo WFMZ

He encouraged the elderly all across the country to go and get vaccinated.

As of Thursday, confirmed cases of COVID-19 on a single day in South Africa amounted to 11,767; still alarmingly high, public health officials have warned.

South Africa has so far confirmed nearly 1.8 million cases of COVID-19, including 1.62 million full recoveries from the virus and 58,323 fatalities, according to data from the World Health Organization, Africa CDC, and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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