JOHANNESBURG, September 12 (Hfrance.fr) - South Africa to ease COVID-19 restrictions and shorten its national curfewional from Monday after a drop in infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address television broadcast.
Authorities will also extend sales hours for Alcohol, the president said, further easing restrictions introduced in June to tackle a third wave of cases caused by the Delta Variant.
" While the third wave is not yet over, we have seen a sustained decline in infections across the country in recent weeks, "said Ramaphosa.
Authorities reported 3,961 new cases on Sunday, up from a peak of around 26,500 per day in early July.
L 'announcement will bring the country down from one level in its five-level restriction system, where five is the highest, to an adjusted level 2 '.
The curfew will beginone hour later at 11 p.m. but still last until 4 a.m. Shops will be able to sell alcohol from Monday to Friday. All alcohol sales were banned in June and then allowed in stores Monday through Thursday in July.
Bars and restaurants are allowed in use it during opening hours since July.
Ramaphosa called for more people to get vaccinated, saying there are had enough doses for everyone, but only about 7 million people out of a population of over 60 million were fully protected.
Africa South has been one of the most affected countries on the continent in terms of reported cases and deaths.
Health insurers cited reluctance to vaccinate as a key factor affecting the pace of the vaccination campaign.
Ramaphosa said the country was working hard to increase the number of people getting vaccinated, focusing on the elderly or otherwise vulnerable. He added that the country was also studying vaccine passports and would provide more information on this later. Emma Rumney report; Edited by Andrew Heavens
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