Eswatini has extended a partial lockdown meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus by another four weeks and banned the sale of alcohol.
The country that was previously known as Swaziland neighbours South Africa where coronavirus cases are surging due to a new variant.
Acting Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, said alcohol sales will be totally banned for the four weeks.
An initial partial lockdown announced two weeks ago had restricted the sale of alcohol to weekdays.
Travel outside the country remains banned except for medical reasons or work.Public gatherings also remain banned except for funerals with not more than 50 people in attendance.
The Eswatini government tweeted about the extension:
Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku has announced an extension of the strengthened partial lockdown measures by another four weeks with effect from midnight, Thursday, 21 January 2021. “Further, the sale of alcohol is banned with immediate effect for the duration of the 4 weeks.” pic.twitter.com/kqPUc7YzI9
— Eswatini Government (@EswatiniGovern1) January 20, 2021
The country has 13,789 confirmed cases of the virus, with more than 2,000 cases recorded in the last 14 days when the partial lockdown was first announced.
The number of deaths from the virus has risen from 268 when the lockdown was announced to 427 by Wednesday.