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.
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.
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.