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South Africa imposes Covid-19 restrictions amid
spread of Delta variant
South Africa is imposing new restrictions to curb the third wave of the coronavirus disease, as well as the
spread of the Delta variant, President Cyril Ramaphosa said
South Africa is imposing new restrictions to curb the third wave of
the coronavirus disease, as well as the spread of the Delta plus
variant, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. According to
the country’s leader, the new variant has been detected in five
provinces and is displacing the Beta variant as the dominant one.
“Based on scientific advice we received from the Ministerial
Advisory Committee and further consultation with our provinces
and metros and traditional leaders, and on the recommendation of
the National Coronavirus Command Council, Cabinet has decided
that the country should move to Adjusted Alert Level 4. Cabinet
decided that to ensure that our response is appropriate and
proportionate to the current situation, the additional restrictions we
are announcing this evening will be in place for the next 14 days,”
Ramaphosa said in a statement.
The measures that will become effective on June 28 include a ban
on all gatherings, except for funerals and cremations, which must
have no more than 50 people in attendance. A curfew will be in
place from 9 p.m. to 4.a.m. local time (19:00 to 02:00 GMT), with
all non-essential facilities to be closed by 8 p.m. (18:00 GMT).
Catering establishments will be allowed to sell food only for take-
away or delivery. The sale of alcohols will be prohibited. The
schools will begin closing from June 30, with all of them expected
to be closed by July 2.