Ramaphosa says further Covid-19 restrictions necessary

Johannesburg – South Africa’s overnight curfew has been extended and government has limited the number of people allowed at gatherings in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19 as positive cases surge.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this on Sunday night.

“Further restrictions are necessary to ensure that health facilities are not overwhelmed and that lives that could be saved are not lost. Delaying the spread of the virus is especially important now to allow as many people as possible to be vaccinated before the third wave reaches its peak,” said the president.

The country was moved to Adjusted Level 2, which came into effect on Monday morning. On this level, non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will close by 10pm, and the curfew will now start at 11pm and end at 4am.

Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. The president added that where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers, no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

South Africa has recorded an average of 3,745 daily new infections, with cases rising by 4,515 over the past 24-hour reporting cycle.

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