South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinstated the ban on liquor sales in the country after her coronavirus cases surpassed Italy, Pakistan and Iran’s.
President Ramaphosa on Sunday, read a riot act through a televised address, as Bloomberg reported, citing flouting of rules which are aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus by South Africans.
Many South Africans are failing to wear face masks in crowded spaces, attending large public gatherings and having “drinking sprees,” in violation of government regulations, Ramaphosa said Sunday in a televised address.
“It is concerning that many are downplaying the seriousness of this virus,” Ramaphosa said. “We are in the midst of a deadly pandemic and we must act accordingly. We must all be responsible. The truth is we are not helpless in the face of this storm.” As reported by the Bloomberg.
Coronavirus infections in S.A have been rising steadily since President Ramaphosa eased some of the restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 to boost the ailing economy.
The country has 276,242coronavirus cases with 4,079 deaths confirmed by Monday. Iran has 257,303 COVID-19 cases followed by Pakistan with 251,625 then Italy with 243,061.
“We have heard of instances where people who are infected have been turned away from health facilities due to a lack of beds or essential supplies,” he said. “This is deeply worrying. It means we have to move with even greater urgency to strengthen our strategy to manage the peak of infections.”
Kenya has recorded 447 coronavirus cases, the highest figures in a single after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased some measures that had been stipulated to curb the spread of the virus.
In a move keen to boost the toppled economy, the President said local air travel will resume July 15, 2020, in strict conformity with all applicable guidelines from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Health.
International Air travels have also been scheduled to resume operations effective August 1, 2020.
Cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties has been lifted and will take effect on July 7 at 4AM.
“I order and direct that the cessation of movement into and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa County and Mandera County shall lapse at 4am tomorrow,” Said the President.
However, bars, restaurants and pubs (areas which have contributed to S.A’s COVID-19 cases surge) will remain restrained for the next 30 days, with weddings and funeral congregations across the country having also been extended for a similar period.
There’s no room for merry yet as the President said Kenyans behavioral mode in the wake of the pandemic would depend on whether the currently eased measures will stay in force or not.
“Should the situation deteriorate and pose a challenge to our health infrastructure, we will have to revert back to lockdown.”
The Minstry of Health reported 379 more cases of the coronavirus in Kenya on Sunday, raising the total cases to 10,105.
The country’s first case of COVID-19 was announced on March 13 and later, the ministry projected that there would be 10,000 cases before the end of April. Dr Patrick Amoth, the acting Director-General in the ministry, noted that this was the worst case scenario.