Not less than 7,000 people have entered into the police’s net for failing to wear facemasks in public as earlier directed by the government.

Recall that the authorities said failure to wear nose masks was a punishable offence in May 2020 as they relaxed the restriction orders.

According to the Police Minister Bheki Cele on Wednesday, the security personnel had arrested and fined over 20,000 people since December 29 for non-adherence to the safety protocols while 7,455 people were detained for not wearing facemasks.

Part of Cele’s statement read, “Law enforcement agencies do not enjoy making these arrests. However, officers… are left with no choice in the interest of saving lives.”

South Africa earlier imposed fresh restrictions on its citizens including the ban on sales of alcohol and compulsory use of facemasks in public, due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

This is just as the World Health Organization cautioned that the world might witness deadlier pandemics than COVID-19 in years to come.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also placed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the compulsory use of facemasks in public after the country surpassed other African countries in recording one million cases.

Meanwhile, South Africa has disclosed its plan to vaccinate residents by February, according to the health minister on Sunday.

As the country hopes to get its first doses by next month, it has explained that negotiations were ongoing with vaccine producers including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, as well as with Russian and Chinese laboratories.




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