As a result of the third wave of COVID-19 in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will remain on a level 4 lockdown for another two weeks because the highly infectious Delta variant was pushing the third wave.
“As things stand now, infections remain extremely high.
“For the last two weeks, the country has consistently recorded an average of nearly 20,000 daily new cases. At present, the country has over 200,000 active COVID-19 cases,” he said.
He added that “By next week, daily hospital admissions across the country are likely to reach the levels observed during the peak of the first two waves. COVID-19 related deaths in hospitals are also increasing, and have surpassed those observed at the peak of the first wave.”
All social, political, religious and other gatherings will remain prohibited from now until July 25, and a curfew from 9p.m. to 4a.m. The sale of alcohol remains prohibited.
“We know that restrictions on alcohol sales reduce the number of admissions at hospitals and emergency rooms with alcohol-related trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents and interpersonal violence. Reducing alcohol harm frees up much-needed capacity in our health facilities to deal with COVID-19 cases,” he said.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Sunday that in the past 24 hours, 16,302 new COVID-19 cases had been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,195,599. Also, 151 COVID-19 related deaths had been reported, bringing the death toll to 64,289.