Monday, 28 December 2020 22:22

His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, today announced that the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now stands at 1 011 871.

This is an increase of 7458 cases identified in the last 24 hours.

A cumulative 6 469 025 tests have been conducted with 23 707 tests completed since the last report.

Ramaphosa said further 336 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: Eastern Cape 109, Free State 8, Gauteng 22, Kwa-Zulu Natal 49 and Western Cape 148 and this brings the total to 27 071 deaths.

The recoveries currently stand at 849 974This represents a recovery rate of 84%.

Meanwhile Ramaphosa re-imposed a ban on alcohol sales and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant.

In a nationwide address, Ramaphosa also announced the closure of all beaches and public swimming pools in the country’s infection hotspots, which include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and several coastal areas.

South Africa will extend its nighttime curfew so all residents must be at home from 9 PM until 6 AM, the president said.

The president said that wearing masks is mandatory and that anyone found not wearing a mask in a public place will be subject to a fine or a criminal charge punishable by a possible jail sentence.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.