President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that he did not know “how long or how severe the third wave will be” as he tightened restrictions in response to increasing Covid-19 infections.

In a national address, Ramaphosa said the country’s lockdown would move up one notch to level 2, which means the night-time curfew will start an hour earlier at 11pm. It also cuts the number of people allowed to gather. No more than 100 people can attend events indoors, while the number for outside was halved to 250...

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