President Cyril Ramaphosa bans all sale of alcohol – See new lockdown rules

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on Covid-19 interventions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening and his message was clear: It is up to everyone to collectively fight the spread of the coronavirus.

“The surge has arrived… The storm is upon us,” he said, adding that for more than 120 day the country has succeeded to delay the spread of a virus “that is causing devastation in many countries”.

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The president has put in place the following measures to curb the continued spread of the coronavirus,

– South Africa will remain at level 3

– All sale. dispensing and alcohol has been put on hold with immediate effect

He said this was to make sure that hospital beds were not taken up "by those who come in resulting from alcohol-induced trauma or injuries".

"There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence as well as trauma that is alcohol-induced," said Ramaphosa.

– A curfew implemented between 9pm and 4am, and takes effect from tomorrow 13 July 2020

– All Family visits and other social gatherings put on hold

– State of national disaster extended

This is a developing story.


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