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COVID-19: South Africa lifts nighttime curfew | Coronavirus

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South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, announced Thursday an easing of restrictions related to COVID-19 and in particular the lifting of the curfew, the country having passed the peak of this wave, has announced the presidency.

Demands for a lifting of the night curfew in effect from midnight to 4 a.m. had multiplied in recent days, in anticipation of New Year’s Eve. Restaurant and bar owners launched an online petition dubbed No curfew, addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The curfew is lifted. There are therefore no longer any restrictions on driving times., indicated the presidency. Liquor sales are permitted after 11 p.m. for licensed establishments.

All indicators suggest that the country has probably passed the peak of the fourth wave.

A quote from The Presidency of South Africa

New contaminations fell 29.7% last week (89,781) compared to the previous week (127,753).

Hospital admissions declined in eight of the nine provinces. Although the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, hospitalization rates have been lower than in previous waves and the increase in the number of deaths is marginal, continued the presidency.

Wearing a mask remains compulsory in public spaces and gatherings are still limited: a maximum of 1,000 people inside, 2,000 outside.

Omicron, which has a high number of mutations, has been behind a new wave of COVID-19 with an exponential rise in cases. The risk of increased infections remains high given the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, recalls the presidency, which also calls for vaccination.

The African country officially the most affected, South Africa has more than 3.4 million cases and 91,000 deaths.

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