The present measures have been have been as a result of expire on January 15 and embrace closing seashores and public parks, and banning the sale of alcohol.
“The pandemic in our nation is now at its most devastating. The variety of new infections, the variety of hospital admissions, and the deaths that proceed to happen come far greater than it has ever been because the first case was recorded in our nation in March of 2020,” Ramaphosa stated in a reside nationwide deal with.
Along with extending the present measures, Ramaphosa introduced that 20 land borders will probably be closed till February 15. The closures can have a number of exceptions comparable to these touring for medical emergencies, he stated.
Ramaphosa stated that the velocity and depth of the second wave in South Africa is as a result of 501.v2 variant found by genomic scientists late final 12 months.
“We do know that this new variant of the virus tends to unfold a lot quicker than the sooner variant. This explains that many extra folks have turn into contaminated in a far shorter area of time,” he stated, including that there was no proof that the brand new pressure triggered folks to get sicker.
Ramaphosa stated the restrictions will probably be reassessed when the present peak of infections eases.
South Africa has reported not less than 1,246,643 Covid-19 instances, together with 33,579 deaths, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College information.