President Cyril Ramaphosa said the alcohol ban – South Africa’s second this year – would take pressure off the national healthcare system. South Africa imposes another ban on alcohol sales to help contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease. AFP South Africa remains the hardest-hit country on the continent, and earlier this week recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in cases. Nearly half of them were in Gauteng, a province that’s become the outbreak epicenter. (BBC) A night-time curfew has also been imposed, and the wearing of masks outdoors is now compulsory. Deaths resulting from coronavirus have also risen to more than 4,000, and government projections estimate this could rise to 50,000 by the end of the year. It comes as total infections exceed a quarter of a million. SOUTH Africa has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on alcohol sales, to help contain the spread of coronavirus. The alcohol ban comes just weeks after another three-month ban was lifted in an effort to prevent drunken fighting, cut domestic violence and eliminate weekend binge-drinking prevalent across South Africa.