# In other countries : South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced new restrictions on the continent’s most affected country to deal with the sharp rise in corona virus pollution caused by the highly contagious delta variant.
“Our health services are operating in the extreme range of their possibilities (…), there are only very few beds in intensive care,” he added, adding that Africa is now in the south and for a two-week period of 4 weeks. Health alert, last before imprisonment.
“All meetings – whether indoor or outdoor – are prohibited,” he said, adding that a maximum of 50 people can attend, except for funerals, which Cyril Ramaphosa continued, noting that the sale of alcohol is now banned.
The curfew already in effect has been extended from 9:00 pm (GMT until 7:00 pm) to 4:00 am (02:00 GMT). Schools will be closed by Friday.
“We are facing a catastrophic wave, which all means that it will be worse than before,” the president underlined.
South Africa officially recorded 15,036 new epidemics on Sunday, a record for 2021. In total, 1.9 million people have been affected by the Govt, of which 59,900 have died and 58 million are living.
Scientists announced on Saturday that the highly contagious delta variant was responsible for a significant increase in corona virus contaminants in South Africa.
The delta variant, which first appeared in India, “now dominates epidemics in South Africa,” Tulio de Oliveira, one of the country’s leading virologists, told a news conference.
With nearly 60% of the total number of epidemics, the country’s economic lungs and the most populous province, including the financial center of the capital Pretoria and Johannesburg, are currently the epicenter of the epidemic.
Traveling to or from the province for leisure is now prohibited.
Hospitals there are in dire straits and health officials have begun evacuating patients to less vulnerable areas.
The stores will remain open to provide maximum support for the country’s economic activities, which will fall to 7% of GDP by 2020.
South Africa, whose economy was already in recession before the epidemic, will have one of the world’s toughest restrictions by March 2020.
The vaccination campaign began with difficulty in February, and so far only 2.7 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The World Health Organization says the delta variant first identified in India is now present in at least 85 countries.