South Africans will be heralding the new year in under strict Level 3 conditions, with the liquor industry already calling for a review of the restrictions. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the return of the liquor ban in addition to a shift back to Level 3 lockdown.
The industry has already called for a review of the regulations amid economic concerns.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:
1. Liquor industry calls for review of regulations
The alcohol industry has expressed its immense concerns after President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech.
The sector says that while it understands the need to save lives but that the ban should be reviewed regularly.
The South Africa Liquor Brand Association spokesperson Sibani Mngadi commented that it's been proven during earlier hard levels that illegal traders and syndicates had taken advantage of the ban.
The association had hoped that the government would have simply given SA 'limited opportunity for people to purchase liquor legally'.
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africans on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Monday evening, the Minister confirmed that:
"As announced by his Excellency President MC Ramaphosa, today the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified is 1 011 871."
In addition to the increase in infections, Mkhize further confirmed the number of fatalities:
"Regrettably, today we report a further 336 COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 109, Free State 8, Gauteng 22, Kwa-Zulu Natal 49 and Western Cape 148. This brings the total to 27 071 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had once again addressed his 'fellow South Africans' amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ramaphosa said that the nation is now 'paying the price' for behaviour over the festive season that has seen over 50 000 new infections over the past few days alone.
Social gatherings, the consumption of alcohol and failure to follow non-pharmaceutical protocols were highlighted as the major drivers of the wave.
Hospitals are baulking under the pressure of both the pandemic and trauma patients, including motor vehicle accident victims.
Ramaphosa noted this strain as unnecessary, confirming that many hospitals are either operating at full capacity or filling up.
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