Family Meeting Moves Lockdown Up to Level 3

There is little cause for celebration this year, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. He was addressing the country in the latest national address in what have come to be known as 'Family Meetings'.

Nearly 27 000 South Africans are known to have died from Covid-19 and the number of new infections continues to arise. The President painted a bleak picture of the state of the health system in the country in what looked like the introduction to stricter lockdown measures.

Full Details of the new restrictions

There is little cause for celebration this year, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. Nearly 27 000 South Africans are known to have died from Covid-19 and the number of new infections continues to arise.

Infections are also alarmingly on the rise in Limpopo.

It appears that the new variant may be more contagious than the original Covid-19 virus.

He blamed the public's lack of attention to health and safety measures for the rise in cases in the country. "As humans we are social beings and having an inherent need to socialize with one another. But this is the time of heightened danger in the face of a rising global pandemic. This points to an extreme lack of vigilance amongst us over the holiday period. People always take their masks off and they don't pay attention to social distancing when they consume alcohol".

Over 41 000 health workers have become infected with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The country has moved back to level 3 of lockdown from midnight tonight.

Curfew is extended from 9pm to 6am except for emergencies or essential workers. All venues must close at 8pm.

A person who does not wear a mask over their nose and mouth in public space could be arrested and prosecuted and could be fined or imprisoned for up to 6 months.

Alcohol sales have been banned and consumption in public places remains. These restrictions will be reviewed in the next few weeks if we see a decline in cases, as we did before.

With a few exceptions businesses can continue to operate as long as 

Nightclubs and businesses involved in the sale and transportation of liquor will not be able to operate. These restrictions will remain in place until the 15th of January and will be reviewed then.

All beaches will be closed.

This is a developing story.

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