As Covid-19 Surges, South Africa Cracks Down on Coastal Metro

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro has become the first in South Africa to be declared an official coronavirus hotspot, the Daily Maverick reports. The metropolitan area, centred around the city of Port Elizabeth, has more than 4,000 active cases of coronavirus infections, and a death toll of 1,867 people. In a televised address to the nation on December 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that as of December 4, the sale of alcohol on Fridays and over the weekends would be banned in the metro; no on-site alcohol consumption at licensed facilities would be allowed after 10pm and no consumption of alcohol would be allowed at beaches and parks. The rest of the country remains at Level 1 lockdown. The nation has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections in Africa, with 796,472 confirmed cases as of December 3, 2020. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on December 3, 2020.


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