This comes as the country is entering its third wave of Coronavirus infections.

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce that South Africa will move back to adjusted alert level 2. It was the first time in two months that the president held a family meeting and it was necessitated by the fact that we are entering our third wave of infections at a rapid pace. 

The tighter restrictions mainly impact the number of people allowed at gatherings, which has been reduced in a bid to stop infections. A slightly longer curfew has also been introduced. From 23:00 to 04:00, South Africans are to stay home. An average of just over 3 000 new cases are now being reported in the country per day.