COVID-19: South Africa bans sales of alcohol

South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa bans on the sales of alcohol in the country as a strategy of fighting the COVID-19 disease.

This decision was made in subsequence to the resumption of alcohol sales, resulting to pressure being put on hospitals due to alcohol related predicaments coupled with the battle against covid-19.

President Ramaphosa stated this at a press conference on the 12th of July 2020, stating that the ban is with effect from the 13th of July, 2020.

He said, “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.”

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The president further stated that alcohol related incidents occur at night, thus the need for a curfew, “As an additional measure to reduce the pressure on hospitals, a curfew will be put in place between the hours of 9pm to 4am.” He declared.

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However, the curfew exempted the class of people whose job location requires them to travel about, as well as those in need of urgent medical aid.

Conclusively, the president urged all citizens to desist from family visits and social gatherings in order to protect loved ones from covid-19, and adhere to preventive measures.

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