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South African authorities try to contain second wave of Covid-19

South African authorities are trying as of Tuesday, with a new package of socio-sanitary measures that will even limit year’s end celebrations, to contain the current second wave of Covid-19 that is affecting the country.

Without abandoning the current Alert Level 1, the lowest of five measures implemented in stages in the country since March, the new provisions seek to balance the need to save lives and protect livelihoods, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday after the regulations were announced.

If we do not do things differently this holiday season, we will welcome the New Year not with joy, but with sadness, the president said in a televised address Monday night.

Thus, an extended night curfew is in force from early Tuesday, starting from 23:00 local time to 04:00 local time, Ramaphosa announced.

In order to enable workers and customers to get home before public circulation is banned, non-essential establishments, included restaurants and bars, must close at 22:00 local time.

Other measures announced by the president demand that drivers of any form of public transport insist on all passengers wear a facemask.

Also, managers or owners of buildings, premises, included retail stores, malls and government buildings, are obliged to ensure that all customers who enter those facilities wear a sanitary facemask, Ramaphosa said.

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