South Africa eases Covid restrictions

South Africa has eased some Covid restrictions after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country had largely passed the peak of its third wave of the pandemic.

A night-time curfew and mandatory face mask wearing remains in force, but Mr Ramaphosa is lifting the weekday ban on alcohol sales and is allowing people to move between provinces.

Schools will also be allowed to reopen on Monday.

Mr Ramaphosa said overall infections were down 20% from the previous week, though the figures are still rising in three provinces.

South Africa accounts for four in 10 deaths from Covid across Africa, and more than a third of all cases.

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