President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa will immediately re-enforce a b an on the sale and distribution of alcohol.
According to Aljazeera, the reason for this new development is to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals will have more beds to treat COVID-19 patients.
South Africa also reinstated a nighttime curfew to reduce traffic accidents and made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public, considering the ravaging effects of Covid-19 globally.
Ramaphosa who made comments in a nationally televised address on Sunday, said, top health officials warned of impending shortages of hospital beds and oxygen as South Africa reaches a peak of COVID-19 cases.
The surging case of the pandemic was a concern for the president as he said some hospitals have had to turn away patients because all their beds are full.
Speaking further, Ramaphosa said, since the sale and distribution of alcohol was reintroduced in June, hospitals have experienced a spike in admissions in their trauma and emergency wards.
On the countries with the the highest cases the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University, South Africa’s rapid increase in reported cases has made it one of the world’s centres for COVID-19, as it is ranked as the ninth country most affected by the disease.
More so, it has reported increases of more than 10,000 confirmed cases for several days and the latest daily jump was nearly 13,500.