Due to the explosive growth in the incidence of COVID in South Africa, public events were banned until January 15, bars, beaches and pools were closed, and the sale of alcoholic beverages was suspended, writes the Guardian.
The curfew has been extended by four hours from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.
The country’s authorities explained the ban on alcohol by the fact that citizens get drunk on holidays and do not comply with anti-epidemic requirements. Fights also occur, which puts a strain on the medical system.
On the eve of South Africa, the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 1 million.Since the evening of December 24, the number of infected has increased by more than 50,000, the authorities called the increase in cases unprecedented.
We will remind, in mid-December, British scientists announced the identification in the United Kingdom of a new variety of COVID-19, which can be 70% more infectious than the original. Experts fear that such a feature could lead to an increase in hospital occupancy. Also, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa.