President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced tighter restrictions on public gatherings and a longer curfew as the country covid-19 cases are now over 1 million.
Ramphosa addressed the nation on Monday night saying the rise in cases over the past couple of weeks is worrying and a clear indicator that the country had entered a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with a news covid-19 variant that seems to be vicious than the first wave.
The president’s address follows an address earlier this month where he declared Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as a hotspot region with tighter restrictions.
The government has now also declared the Garden Route region and the Sarah Baartman districts in the Western Cape as hotspots and the same restrictions applied in NMB will apply in these areas. The restrictions will apply from midnight.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to lockdown level 3 at midnight on Monday 28 December.
He said all indoor and outdoor gatherings, except funerals, will be prohibited for the next 14 days.
The curfew is adjusted from 21:00 to 06:00 and all non-essential establishments like bars and restaurants must close at 20:00.