The President of South Africa has re-banned alcohol sales and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country respond to the renaissance of the coronavirus, including new variants.
In a national speech on Monday, Cyril Ramaphosa also announced the closure of all beaches and public swimming pools in infection hot spots in the country, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and several coastal areas.
The President said that in addition, South Africa has extended the curfew by four hours, requiring all residents to be home from 9 pm to 6 am.
Reckless behavior caused by alcoholism leads to increased transmission. Alcohol-related accidents and violence put pressure on our hospital emergency department. “Ramaphosa said.
“As we had in the initial lock-in period, now we must flatten the curve to protect the capabilities of our healthcare system so that it can effectively respond to this new wave of infections.”
Ramaphosa said the ban on alcohol and other new restrictions will take effect at midnight on Monday. The President said that these measures include mandatory wearing of masks in public places. Anyone who does not wear a mask in public places will be fined or criminally charged and may be sentenced to prison.
Ramaphosa said that due to the surge in Covid-19 infections, the total number of confirmed viruses in South Africa has exceeded 1 million, so increasing restrictions are necessary.
“Almost 27,000 South Africans are known to have died of Covid-19. He said: “The number of new coronavirus infections is increasing at an unprecedented rate. “Since Christmas Eve, more than 50,000 new cases have been reported. “
After the cabinet meeting and emergency meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Committee, Ramaphosa announced new measures. He said that the new restrictions will be reviewed within a few weeks, and only consider relaxing when new cases and hospitalizations decrease.
The country surpassed the 1 million mark in confirmed cases of the virus on Sunday night, when authorities reported that the total number of cases in the country during the pandemic had reached 1,004,413, with 26,735 deaths.
Like the United Kingdom, South Africa is also fighting a variant of Covid-19. Medical experts believe that Covid-19 is more infectious than the original variant. Experts say that this variant has dominated many parts of the country.
The South African Medical Association, which represents nurses and other medical staff and doctors, warned on Monday that the health system is on the verge of collapse due to the large number of Covid-19 patients and those in need of alcohol emergencies. Many holiday parties involve large amounts of alcohol consumption, which in turn often leads to more traumatic events.
According to government statistics, when South Africa previously banned the sale of alcohol, hospital trauma cases dropped by as much as 60%. After the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages was lifted, the trauma cases returned to their previous levels.
In the past two weeks, the seven-day rolling average of confirmed daily confirmed cases in South Africa has increased from 11.18 new cases per 100,000 on December 13 to 19.87 new cases per 100,000 on December 27.
As EU countries began to launch the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the vaccine was approved by EU regulators last week. Spain Said that it is establishing a registry of those who refuse vaccination and will share it with other member states.
In Spain, this vaccine is not mandatory, but Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa told Spanish TV that the best way to defeat the virus is to “vaccinate us all-the more the better”.
Eight nursing home workers Germany Local authorities said on Monday that they had accidentally injected five doses of the Covid-19 vaccine-but so far have not suffered serious illness.
The seven women and one man were between 38 and 54 years old and were employees of a nursing home in Stralsund in northeastern Germany.
South Korea Yonhap News Agency quoted the presidential palace as saying that on Tuesday it said it would sign an agreement with Moderna to provide 20 million people with a Covid-19 vaccine. The country reported 40 deaths on Tuesday, a daily record.
The day before that, officials vowed to expedite their efforts to launch a public coronavirus vaccination program, as the country discovered the first virus variant linked to the rapid increase in British infections.
Other developments include:
Thailand The Ministry of Public Health said that 155 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Tuesday, most of which were locally transmitted infections.
Indian Health authorities said on Tuesday that they found that six people who had returned from the UK in recent weeks had tested positive for this new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus. All six patients were quarantined.
of United States The military has begun vaccinating personnel in Japan and South Korea.