The government of South African is set to lift the ban on the sales and distribution of alcohol as it is expected to be lifted when the country moves to a lower Covid-19 lockdown level this week.
This as the cabinet is expected to ease Covid-19 restrictions, which will see the country move to alert level 2 of the lockdown ever since it was initiated.
The lockdown was to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, which crippled some of the social-economic activities in the country.
According to reports gathered recently, The SA Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) cited the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ (NICD’s) Daily Hospital Surveillance Report, showing the number of active Covid-19 cases across the country has dropped over the past two weeks, in some cases by more than 50%.
The recent report states “all provinces reported a decrease in weekly incidence risk” ranging from a 22.9% decrease in the Free State to 47.3% decrease in KwaZulu-Natal and up to 50% in the Western Cape, said the association.
In Gauteng, the drop in the number of daily hospitalisations was from 3,838 to 1,190 (69% decrease). In KwaZulu-Natal, the drop in the number of daily hospitalisations was from 2,505 to 852 (66% decrease) and in the Eastern Cape from 968 to 326 (66% decrease).