News ID: 313533
Published: 0220 GMT May 31, 2021

South Africa extends nightly curfew as COVID cases surge

South Africa extends nightly curfew as COVID cases surge

South Africa has extended its nightly curfew and limited the number of people at gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 as positive cases surge, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The level two lockdown restrictions started on Monday, forcing nonessential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centers to close by 2200 local time as the curfew starts at 2300 from midnight and end at 0400, Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation, according to Reuters.

All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors from 250 and 250 people outdoors from 500. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers, no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

Ramaphosa said according to the country's health experts, the recent surge in new infections is due to the increasing number of social gatherings where people are not observing essential health protocols.

Over the last eight days, the country has seen an average of 3,745 daily new infections.


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