South Africa: New Rules for Fighting COVID-19 - Limits On Alcohol Sales, Fake News Becomes a Crime and Hoarding to Be Outlawed

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Regulations to limit alcohol sales, prevent the spread of fake news, ensure gatherings remain small and to stop price hikes have come into effect as the South African government digs in to fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma said at a press conference on Thursday 19 March that after the Covid-19 pandemic was declared a national disaster, regulations had to be drawn up to make sure that measures to curb the spread of the virus can be enforced.

Contravening the regulations will carry penalties of imprisonment of up to six months or a fine, or both.

There are presently 150 identified cases of the virus in South Africa.

The regulations make it a crime to either knowingly infect another person with Covid-19 or spread fake news about the pandemic in South Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma said some of these measures had already been put into operation through existing legislative measures such as imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries, the cancellation of visas; the issuance of travel advisories and alerts; travellers undergoing high-intensity screening; the closure of 35 land and two seaports of entry and the prohibition of...

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