Curfew from 22:00 recommended for Covid-19 hotspots in South Africa

- The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) have suggested that Covid-19 hotspots in Mzansi should have a curfew from 10pm

- The council also suggested that restaurants should be closed by 9pm

- The NCCC said that alcohol should only be sold from Monday to Thursday in hotspot areas

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce new measures to contain Covid-19 this week. A number of areas in South Africa are becoming Covid-19 hotspots once again and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has come up with a recommendation.

According to News24, the NCCC has suggested that there should be a curfew starting at 10pm. The council also said that alcohol sales should be from Monday to Thursday. They said that there should be no drinking of alcohol in public places such as beaches or parks. There was also a suggestion that restaurants should be closed by 9pm.

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The areas that are considered hotspots for Covid-19 have not yet been finalised but the government is paying special attention to the Eastern and Western Cape provinces.

The NCCC also recommended that events after funerals such as "after tears" should be prohibited in hotspot areas. Initiations are set to continue as initiation schools have been given the go-ahead to operate. An insider of the NCCC said:

"Initiations will be supervised by teams from health, police, local officials and traditional leaders."

The recommendations were made in a meeting that took place on Wednesday morning. Premiers and representatives from the local government were in attendance.

Here are a number of comments from Mzansi social media reacting to the news:

@TheWorldofHein said: "They must prohibit inter province travelling."
@Wandile19479938 said: "So the virus only attacks pubs and taverns at night? how about churches and funerals?"
@Jen_Thorpe said: "But where is the evidence that people interacting between 10pm and 4am are spreading Covid? Restricting freedom of movement must be backed by good evidence."
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In other Covid-19 related news, reported that a family who could only see each other through a window went viral.

Two powerful photos recently surfaced online and they reminded people of how our lives have really changed since the coronavirus pandemic.

In the pictures, a family could not hold hands but looked at each other through a glass-sealed window as a man with the Twitter handle @briannalhaynes held up his baby cousin towards his grandparents.

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