South Africa Steps Up Virus Curbs Against Third Wave
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Mon 31st May 2021 | 12:40 AM
Pretoria, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st May, 2021 ) :President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday that South Africa would re-impose stricter measures against Covid-19 fearing the whole country will soon face a third wave of the pandemic.
"It may only be a matter of time before the country as a whole will have entered a third wave," he said.
"The number of infections has begun to rise sharply in several parts of the country," the president said as hospital entries also climb.
"Delaying the spread of the virus is especially important now to allow as many people as possible to be vaccinated before the third wave reaches its peak," he said.
From Monday, the night curfew will start an hour earlier from 11 pm while non-essential shops, bars, restaurants and gyms will have to shut at 10 pm.
Gatherings, including political and faith events, will be limited to 250 people outdoors and 100 indoors.
Only a little more than one percent of the population has been vaccinated so far and the campaign to jab elderly people started just last week.
Ramaphosa has repeatedly condemned "vaccine apartheid" with rich countries buying up most of the vaccine doses.
"As the African continent we are pushing ahead with efforts to expand our vaccine manufacturing capacity with a view to be self-sufficient in vaccine production," he said.
The G7 summit of rich nations will discuss the issue at a summit in Britain next month.