COVID-19 restrictions in South Africa were tightened after the number of infections in the country exceeded 1 million.
The country review the restrictions by banning alcohol sales and extending a nationwide curfew.
According to a report of Monday, the infections shot through the one million mark owing to a faster-spreading variant of the disease discovered in the country.
South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections on continent, with 1,004,413 cases reported and nearly 27,000 deaths.
Daily cases started rising rapidly at the end of November, to between 10,000 and 14,000.
The new variant, referred to as 501.V2, was discovered by a network of scientists around South Africa who have been tracking the genetics of the virus.
The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address that cabinet had decided to move the country to level 3 restrictions from level 1, with immediate effect.
This would include the total banning of alcohol sales, widespread cancelling of events, and making the wearing of masks in public a legal requirement.
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