Johannesburg mayor Geoffrey Makhubo tested positive for Covid-19 and has gone into self-quarantine as part of the recovery process, his office said on Sunday.
“Gauteng and, indeed, Johannesburg are officially in a third wave and residents are urged to take the necessary non-medical precautions seriously and to ensure they wear masks, maintain social distance and limit movement, in compliance with the level 3 regulations currently in place,” his office said.
“The mayor will continue to monitor and provide guidance on work currently being carried out, to contain and manage the spread of Covid-19 in the City, while he is in self-quarantine.”
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that 13 155 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, with a total of 117 114 active cases in the country right now.
According to the latest statistics, 112 people passed away in the last 24 hours
Gauteng has been reeling under the grip of the third wave, with a surge in the number of infections and hospitalisations.
Faced with the rising number of Covid-19 infections and an increase in hospital admissions, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday last week announced stricter lockdown regulations.
Among the measures announced by the President is a restriction on alcohol sales and new curfews that kick in from tonight, when the regulations are gazetted.
The sale of alcohol will be permitted from 10am to 6pm, from Monday to Thursday. Public Holidays are excluded.
On-site sale of alcohol is permitted at premises up to 9pm.
A curfew of from 10pm to 4am will take effect from midnight, while the number of people allowed to gather is no more than 50 people indoors and 150 outdoors.
Attendance at funerals may not exceed 50 people and after funeral gatherings are not permitted.