The night curfew has been extended, restricting the sale of alcoholic beverages to gatherings as more COVID-related hospitals are added.
South Africa has returned to stricter restrictions on public gatherings, as the country sees a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization.
President Cyril Ramafosa said on Tuesday that new infections were threatening the health systems of parts of the country, with COVID-related hospital admissions rising by 59 percent in the past two weeks.
The night curfew was extended by one hour from 10 pm to 4 am, while indoor religious gatherings were limited to 50 people.
The number of people allowed to gather for social events was limited to 50 people for indoor events and և 100 for outdoor events.
Alcohol retailing is only allowed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
The seven-day moving average in South Africa has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, from 6.69 new cases per 100,000 people on May 31 to 12.71 on June 14, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“Our priority now is to make sure there are enough hospital beds, enough medical staff, enough ventilation, enough oxygen to provide the best possible care to anyone who needs it,” Ramafosa said.
“The massive increase in new infections means that we must once again tighten restrictions on the movement of people,” he said.
South Africa is the country most affected by the epidemic. In total, more than 1.7 million infections, including 58,000 deaths, represent almost 40% of the total confirmed cases in Africa.
The new restrictions come as South Africa struggles to preserve the vaccine, which has faced a global vaccine shortage. because:
Son Onson և John Onson promised to deliver two million single doses by the end of June, but that is now in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the US Food and Drug Administration that a large number of J&J vaccines have been contaminated. due to a problem in the vaccine component factory.
Some 480,000 South African health workers have been vaccinated in J&J doses.
Pfizer vaccine doses are used to vaccinate people over 60 years of age. About 1.4 million people received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
According to Ramafosa, South Africa expects to receive a dose of 3.1 million Pfizer by the end of June.