WORLD South Africa bans alcohol sales, makes masks mandatory in public

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South Africa bans alcohol sales, makes masks mandatory in public

China Daily

07:25, December 29, 2020

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a ban on alcohol sales and said mask-wearing would be mandatory in public as his country became the continent's first to record one million coronavirus cases.

Ramaphosa said during a televised speech that alcohol would be temporarily banned from midnight to help emergency services already under pressure.

He also announced it would be "compulsory for every person to wear mask in public spaces," saying it was a "drastic measure, now necessary".

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