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Ramaphosa to ‘reintroduce curfew, limit inter-provincial travel’

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to address the nation on Sunday evening, to update the public on the spiraling COVID-19 crisis. Over 13 000 infections were recorded in a single day on Saturday, as the devastating effects of the disease rip through the population – and it may result in a return of curfew.

Curfew could return to South Africa

That’s according to the Sunday Times, who claim that Ramaphosa will make his first televised address in almost a month later on today. They reveal that, amongst other things, the government will seek to limit the movement of people at nighttime in a bid to tackle the soaring rate of transmission.

The previous nighttime curfew – in place from 20:00 until 5:00 at Level 4 – limited all non-key workers from traveling anywhere without special permission. Reintroducing this restriction is likely to stop illicit house parties and gatherings from taking place, as the government looks to tighten its grip on lockdown.

Inter-provincial travel limits, booze restrictions also on the cards

Stricter rules on inter-provincial travel are also likely to come into effect. People are allowed to cross the borders for work and school reasons. They are permitted entry into another province if they are moving house or leaving quarantine, but we understand that even these liberties could be curbed on Sunday.

Restrictions on alcohol – as we reported on Friday – are also on the table. It’s believed that the current hours of sale could face restrictions, due to the rising number of trauma cases allegedly caused by the consumption of liquor. However, despite these forecast changes, it’s unlikely that the nation will move back a lockdown stage at either a national, provincial, or local level.

The president’s spokesperson has confirmed that an address will take place on Sunday, but no time or details have been shared yet. We will bring you the latest on any potential speech when we get the update.

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