South Africa is battling with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 Delta variant is now spreading to various countries. Several countries are witnessing a surge in their cases; due to this variant. Experts have called the Delta variant; more transmissible and fatal. This variant transmits faster than any other existing Covid variant. Several countries had to reimpose lockdown or tighten restrictions; due to the COVID-19 Delta variant.
South Africa Witnesses New Surge in Daily Infections
Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa; expressed his concern over the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Moreover, he reimposed severe restrictions on Sunday to curb the virus spread throughout the country. It is a two-week strict lockdown. Hopefully, the restrictions will combat the virus and curb its spread. The Delta variant is now spreading across the globe; and that too with a faster pace. Several countries have reimposed restrictions to curb the spread. First detected in India, the Delta variant is now observed in almost 90 countries. The WHO has called the variant “a variant of high concern”. It is more transmissible and fatal than the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma variants.
The President Addresses the Nation
President Cyril addressed South Africa on Sunday. He expressed his views on the new Delta variant; that is spreading across the country. The worst-hit country on the continent; is facing a huge surge in daily infections. Cyril stated that their medical facilities are collapsing. The health facilities are limited; ICU beds are short in supply, etc. Moreover, he has placed the country on a level four alert. Level four is just one level below a country-wide lockdown.
Restrictions and Protocols in South Africa
All the gatherings are banned in South Africa. Only funerals are allowed, that too only with 50 people. The President has also banned alcohol sales in the country for now. Restaurants and eateries will only offer takeaway and home delivery services. Moreover, dine-in services are not allowed in the country. Cyril has imposed a nighttime curfew starting 9 PM to 4 AM. All schools and colleges are shut. Significantly, experts have warned against a third wave in the country. However, the government is trying to ramp up its vaccination drive; so that the severity is low this time.
So far, South Africa has witnessed 59,000 fatalities. The country recorded 15,036 new cases on Sunday. Moreover, only 2.7 million South Africans are vaccinated so far. Besides that, the country’s vaccination drive has also become slow lately.