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Virus Resurgence Spurs South Africa to Ban Alcohol Sales

  • Number of infections in country has passed the 1 million mark
  • Ramaphosa extends curfew hours, restricts public gatherings
A closed liquor store in Berea, Johannesburg, in April 2020. 

A closed liquor store in Berea, Johannesburg, in April 2020. 

Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a renewed ban on alcohol sales and extended a curfew in a bid to contain the fallout from a second wave of coronavirus infections that have pushed the cumulative caseload past the one million mark.