South Africa eased its Covid-19 restrictions to level two on Tuesday, allowing the resumption of sale of alcohol and cigarettes.

Under the new regulations, sale of alcohol is permitted from Monday to Thursday between 09:00 to 17:00 local time.

Queues have been witnessed outside liquor stores in major cities.

People are also allowed to travel between provinces.

Visits to family and friends are permitted but in small groups.

Parks and beaches have reopened for outdoor activity and sporting events allowed to resume but without spectators.

Wearing of face masks in public remains mandatory,

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has opposed easing of restrictions, warning it could lead to further loss of life, according to media reports.

South Africa is the hardest hit country on continent by the coronavirus pandemic and has so far confirmed more than 580,000 cases.

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