JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a new ban on alcohol sales and said mask-wearing will be mandatory in public after South Africa became the continent’s first to record one million coronavirus cases.
Ramaphosa justified a raft of new measures by a “rapid rise” in infections, most by a new strain of the virus feared to be more contagious.
He pointed the finger at “super-spreader” social events and an “extreme lack of vigilance over the holiday period”.
“We have let down our guard, and unfortunately we are now paying the price,” the president said during a solemn televised speech.
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