The government of South Africa on Sunday declared a curfew level 3 in the country.

This information came in immediately the president Cyril Ramaphosa  said there has been a total ban of the sale, dispensing & distribution of alcohol in the country.

The president said the need for establishing such rules is  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.

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He added that many of these problems took place at night.

The curfew is announced to be between 21:00 and 04:00. While parks reopen for exercise, family visits remain banned.

The curfew will begin between 9pm – 4am starting tomorrow (Monday 13 July).

The president also reiterated that this could “come at a great and extraordinary economic cost, putting more livelihoods at risk and potentially causing long lasting social harm”.

“Cabinet has decided that the country will remain at alert level 3 at this stage, but that we should however strengthen the enforcement of existing regulations,” he said.

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