President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved the country to lockdown Level 3. President Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night to give an update on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This comes amid a third wave of COVID-19 infections as South Africa recorded 8,436 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. According to Ramaphosa, the number of people who have died from COVID-19 has increased by 48% in the past seven days. The president said Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape and the Western Cape are in the third wave.
- Ramaphosa announced that gatherings are from today limited to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors, while funerals can be attended by no more than 50 people and social distancing needs to be observed. There is a 2-hour limit to funerals and no night vigils or post-funeral gatherings will be allowed. - The curfew is in place from 10pm to 4am. - Alcohol sales from retail outlets restricted to Monday-Thursday, 10am to 6pm. To observe the 10pm curfew, no on-site consumption is allowed at licensed establishments after 9pm. - Masks are mandatory in all public spaces. PHOTOS: (SA Presidency)