South Africa temporarily bans alcohol purchases as coronavirus cases spike

For the second time this year, the president of South Africa has enacted a temporary ban on alcohol purchases as the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in the nation.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Sunday and suggested that alcohol consumption at parties in the country “has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence, and related trauma” and has left hospitals scrambling to find room to treat coronavirus patients.

Ramaphosa said that while “most” residents have heeded calls for social distancing, some have chosen to act “without any responsibility to respect
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