South Africa extends lockdown for 2 more weeks due to “extremely high” risk
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced a two-week extension of the confinement decreed due to the coronavirus, before highlighting that the number of infections is “extremely high” and warning that the African country’s health system is “under pressure” due to the pandemic.
“With the rapid spread of the delta variant, we are experiencing a third wave that is more serious than the first and second, “he said, at a time when South Africa reported close to 20,000 daily cases during the last two weeks.
“Right now, the country has more than 200,000 active cases of COVID-19. During the last two weeks, more than 4,200 South Africans have died from COVID-19, “said Ramaphosa, who pointed out that incomes are expected to reach during the next week” the levels observed during the two peak first waves “.
For this reason, he has stressed thatUntil July 25, “social, political, religious or other” meetings will be prohibited and the curfew will remain in effect between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. (local time), while it will also follow sale of alcohol prohibited.
To this is added that schools will remain closed until July 26, although restaurants may open their doors, provided they comply with health protocols, something that gyms and sports centers can also do.
The South African Ministry of Health notified on Sunday in its last balance sheet 16,302 cases and 151 deaths by COVID-19, bringing the totals to 2,195,599 and 64,289, respectively, being the African country most impacted by the coronavirus.