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President Changes Lockdown and Alcohol Rules For 3rd Wave

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced additional restrictions on movement and economic activity as the third wave of Covid-19 infections has gripped the country.  As was expected there were additional restrictions and tightening of other limitations.

The new curfew will be at 10pm with restaurants having to close at 9pm  Alcohol can still be sold but only between the hours of 10am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday - and not on public holidays. The limits on gatherings have been further tightened to no more than 50 indoors and no more than 100 outdoors. 

While mentioning the problems that have plagued the vaccine rollout problem, the President also mentioned that at a similar stage of the last Covid wave there were 640 healthcare workers infected with the disease. As a result of the vaccine programme during this wave there are only 64 healthcare workers infected!

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Ahead of the speech the acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, said vaccines stored in the Eastern Cape have been affected by the United States FDA's decision that a large batch of J&J vaccines could not be used. 

Around 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines were stored in Gqeberha and are now affected by this decision by the FDA.

The Acting Health Minister has called on South Africans to not worry, as the vaccines will no longer be used in the vaccine rollout. 

Aspen pharmacare said it is disappointed in the FDA's discovery, as destroying the contaminated vaccines will delay the government's original rollout plan. 

The country's recent move to lockdown level 2 is also in the spotlight, as the South Africa is currently in the third wave. 

It is unclear whether the president will use tonight's address to announce further lockdown restrictions. 

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