President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa rebuked the nation yesterday and refused to say ‘God Bless South Africa’ as usual, when he ended his speech – many South Africans accepted it Mr. President was angry at those defying the rules around lockdown and social distancing.
South Africans who were live-tweeting during the President’s speech felt like he was scolding many for not cooperating by adhering to the rules to curb the spread of the lethal disease.
4,079 people have died of the coronavirus in the second best African nation according to a 2020 ranking. The world has recorded about over 13 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 with close to 600,000 deaths.
South Africa has re-banned the sale of alcohol with immediate effect and a curfew will also be introduced between 9 pm and 4 am. Only those doing essential work would be allowed to be out of their homes.
The country will remain on level 3 of the risk-adjusted lockdown, but regulations will be stricter to soften the pressure on the country’s healthcare system and curb the rate of infections.
Family visits will remain banned even though the President acknowledged the dent that will cause on social relations. Public parks will be opened but exercise is the only activity that will be permitted at public parks.
The national state of disaster has been extended to August 15.