The South African government has banned the sale of takeaway alcohol over this weekend’s Easter holiday to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said alcohol had a role in encouraging negligent behaviour.

Bars and restaurants may still serve drinks.

Religious gatherings have also been restricted to 50% capacity if indoors.

Coronavirus transmission is relatively low in South Africa after a second wave peaked in January.

Alcohol bans have been imposed several times throughout the pandemic.

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