South Africa Bans Alcohol Again

The government of South Africa has once again imposed a ban on alcohol in an attempt to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) that’s gripping the country.

In a televised address on Sunday evening, 12 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban was to ease the strain on healthcare workers nationwide.

While addressing the nation, he said: “There are a number of people who have taken to organising parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around crowded spaces without wearing masks.”

He admonished those who acted “without any responsibility to respect and protect each other”.

Many trauma cases are unfortunately linked to alcohol abuse, and the goal of the ban is to redirect those resources into freeing up beds and medical supplies from emergency admissions, so as to combat the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

South Africa is the hardest hit African nation: it currently has 276 242 confirmed cases of the virus, with 4 079 citizens having died as a result of the pandemic.