sunny.png
Saturday September 25th, 2021 7:57PM

South Africa bans liquor sales over Easter to prevent surge

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will restrict the sale of alcohol and limit the size of religious and social gatherings over Easter to prevent the holiday from contributing to a new surge of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tuesday.

“Given the role of alcohol in fuelling reckless behavior, we will put in place some restrictions over the Easter weekend," Ramaphosa said in an address broadcast nationwide.

He said retail sales of alcohol will be banned Friday through Monday. Bars and restaurants will be able to sell alcoholic beverages but will be required to close at 11 p.m.

A maximum of 250 people will be allowed at indoor religious gatherings while 500 people are allowed for outdoor events.

Ramaphosa's announcement came after he consulted health experts and religious leaders on Tuesday to discuss ways to curb the spread of new infections.

South Africa now has a cumulative number of more than 1.5 million infections since the outbreak of the virus last year, the highest in Africa. A total of 52,788 people have died from COVID-19 in the country.

Ramaphosa said his government is doing everything possible to expand the country's vaccine campaign.

So far South Africa has vaccinated just over 251, 000 health care workers as part of a Johnson & Johnson study, far short of 1.25 million health workers to be vaccinated as part of the first phase of the country's vaccination program.

The second phase will see vaccinations of the elderly and those with co-morbidities, which Ramaphosa said would begin in mid-May.

“Although there have been delays in securing vaccine supplies, we are still confident in achieving our vaccination targets," he said.

“We have secured 11 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which we know to be effective against the dominant variants in our country,” said Ramaphosa. He said South Africa is finalizing a further order of 20 million doses of the J&J vaccine.

South Africa is also about to sign a contract to purchase 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine but they are only expected to arrive in the second half of the year, he said. Together, the J&J and Pfizer vaccines will provide South Africa with enough doses to vaccinate 41 million of the country's population of 60 million, he said.

On Monday Ramaphosa announced that a vaccine manufacturing facility in South Africa would provide 30 million doses for the country and 220 million for the rest of the continent.

The Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility, which is based in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) in the Eastern Cape province, is to begin producing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is expected to start delivering these batches next month, he said. The facility will receive large batches of the components of the J&J vaccine, blend them and then put them in vials and package them, a process called fill and finish.

Aspen will produce 30 million J&J doses for South Africa and more than 220 million doses that will be sold to other African countries, Ramaphosa said.

The $200 million Aspen facility has the capacity to produce 300 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine annually, he said.

The government has faced criticism over the slow rollout of its vaccination program, which is lagging in its efforts to vaccinate 67% of its population this year. With the slow delivery of vaccines, mass vaccinations have not yet started, making unlikely the target can be reached this year.

The country’s rollout program was affected when it had to sell its batch of 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines which were shown to be less effective against the variant of the virus that is now dominant in the country.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Business - Economy, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Health Care
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
GOP governors ignore Biden's latest plea on mask mandates
President Joe Biden’s pleas for states to stick with mask mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus are being largely ignored
4:08PM ( 5 minutes ago )
This Masters tradition is a pictorial surprise for champions
Here's another tradition unlike any other at the Masters
4:05PM ( 9 minutes ago )
South Africa bans liquor sales over Easter to prevent surge
South Africa will restrict the sale of alcohol and limit the size of religious and social gatherings over Easter to prevent the holiday from contributing to a new surge of COVID-19
4:00PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Germany restricts use of AstraZeneca vaccine
German health officials have agreed to restrict the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in people under 60, amid fresh concern over unusual blood clots reported in a tiny number of those who received the shots
3:27PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Brazil army leaders quit as Bolsonaro seeks greater support
The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces have jointly resigned following President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement of the defense minister
3:27PM ( 47 minutes ago )
WHO team urges patience after 1st look for origin of virus
An international team that has released a long-awaited study of the possible origins of COVID-19 with Chinese colleagues say it’s a “first start.”
3:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
US stocks slip in mixed trading as rate pressure ratchets up
U.S. stock indexes are edging lower in afternoon trading Tuesday as another swell higher for Treasury yields adds pressure on big technology stocks
3:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
Lawyer: FBI enlisted Proud Boys leader to inform on antifa
A defense attorney says FBI agents recruited a Proud Boys leader to provide them with information about anti-fascist activists several months before he was charged with joining other members of the far-right extremist group in storming the U.S. Capitol
2:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use in under-60s over clots
German health officials have agreed to restrict the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in people under 60, amid fresh concern over unusual blood clots reported in a tiny number of those who received the shots
2:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Donations for Asian American groups surge after killings
Asian American and Pacific Islanders groups have seen a spike in donations and contribution pledges since the shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent
12:11PM ( 4 hours ago )
Biden announces diverse first slate of judicial nominees
President Joe Biden has announced his first slate of nominees to serve on federal courts and for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
11:10AM ( 5 hours ago )
The Latest: Italy orders 5-day quarantine on entries from EU
Italy has imposed a five-day quarantine on people entering from other EU countries in a bid to deter Easter getaways and limit the spread of the coronavirus
9:50AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
IMF head: global growth prospects rising but dangers remain
The head of the 190-nation International Monetary Fund says prospects for global growth have brightened since January, helped by a $1.9 trillion U.S. rescue package
11:24AM ( 4 hours ago )
Consumer confidence surges in March to highest point in year
U.S. consumer confidence surged in March to the highest reading in a year, helped by increased vaccinations and more government economic support
10:52AM ( 5 hours ago )
Weakness in Big Tech pulls stocks slighly lower; yields rise
Stocks are off to a weak start on Wall Street as drops in Big Tech companies outweigh gains in banks and elsewhere
9:47AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Probe underway, day after cargo ship freed in Suez Canal
Experts have boarded a colossal container ship that had been stuck sideways for nearly a week in the Suez Canal before it was dislodged
2:15AM ( 13 hours ago )
Asian shares mixed after Wall St. fall, mixed market signs
Asian shares were mixed in listless trading Tuesday after U.S. stocks finished mostly lower as cause for optimism, such as the Suez Canal reopening, mixed with caution about the vaccine rollout
11:34PM ( 16 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump blasts Fauci and Birx as 'self-promoters'
Donald Trump is slamming two of his most prominent coronavirus advisers
8:19PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
The Latest: Colorado to offer vaccine to those 16+ on Friday
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced that residents over age 16 will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Friday
4:05PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Spain encourages safety measures amid Holy Week
With the number of new COVID-19 cases in Spain creeping higher, officials are urging people to prevent the pandemic from surging out of control by complying with restrictions on movements and gatherings over Easter
1:47PM ( 1 day ago )
Happy Monday? England embarks on major easing of lockdown
England is embarking on a major easing of its latest coronavirus lockdown that came into force at the start of the year, with families and friends able to meet up in outdoor spaces and many sports permitted once again
12:56PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Health Care
This Masters tradition is a pictorial surprise for champions
Here's another tradition unlike any other at the Masters
4:05PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Bautista Agut survives to oust Isner in 3 sets at Miami Open
Roberto Bautista Agut didn’t take the easiest route to the Miami Open quarterfinals
3:49PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Supreme Court case could change the nature of college sports
A Supreme Court case being argued this week amid March Madness could erode the difference between elite college athletes and professional sports stars
3:41PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Olympic gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah
A sledding gold medalist at the 2002 Winter Olympics has been charged with sexual abuse of a child in Utah
3:38PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Video shows vicious attack of Asian American woman in NYC
A vicious attack on an Asian American woman near New York City’s Times Square is drawing widespread condemnation and raising alarms about the failure of bystanders to intervene amid a rash of anti-Asian violence across the U.S. An assailant was seen on surveillance video Monday kicking the 65-year-old woman in the stomach, knocking her to the ground and stomping on her face as police say he shouted anti-Asian slurs at her
3:36PM ( 38 minutes ago )