(Pretoria) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa decided on Sunday to reimpose a curfew and again suspend the sale of alcohol in the face of an increase in cases of coronavirus in his country.
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“As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not overload our clinics and hospitals with preventable alcohol-related injuries,” the president said in a statement. TV address.
He noted that 12 000 Cases of coronavirus had been recorded every day for the past few weeks.
The Head of State of South Africa has therefore decided to suspend again and with immediate effect the sale and distribution of alcohol and, from Monday, to reimpose a curfew of 21 h to 4 h and to prohibit family visits.
The restrictions imposed in March to try to stop the coronavirus epidemic in the most affected country in Africa were partially lifted in May, including the sale of alcohol.
But, “it is now established that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantially increasing the pressure on hospitals, including intensive care units, due to road accidents, alcohol-related violence and trauma, “said President Ramaphosa.
“In order to preserve the capacities of hospitals, the sale and distribution of alcohol is therefore suspended with immediate effect,” he added.
South Africa has so far recorded 264 184 cases of coronavirus, including 3971 fatal.