South Africa eases coronavirus curfew to help restaurant sector Jul 31, 2020 0 63 12345 AFPJohannesburgSouth Africa is to ease its coronavirus curfew by an hour to help restaurants serve dinner, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said Thursday.Restaurants have been campaigning fiercely against a 9pm curfew imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 12, saying the early start deterred customers from going out to dinner, a main source of income.Kubayi-Ngubane told reporters that the cabinet had mulled the constraints and “agreed to move the curfew, to start at 10pm (2000 GMT) to allow for uninterrupted dinner services at restaurants.”“We believe that this change will go a long way towards increasing their revenue generation,” the minister said.But he added that the sale of alcohol -- another grievance in the hospitality sector -- remained banned.According to Restaurant Association of South Africa CEO Wendy Alberts, a third of restaurants have already shuttered since the onset of lockdown.The industry employs an estimated 800,000 people.Kubayi-Ngubane also announced that individuals would now be permitted to leave their homes for leisure purposes within the province where they live, and tour guides will be allowed to offer tours in open safari vehicles under certain conditions.The continent’s most industrialised economy has recorded 7,497 deaths and 471,123 infections -- the highest tally in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world.Ramaphosa imposed a lockdown in March, restricting movement and gatherings.He loosened some of the restrictions in June, allowing restaurants to reopen, initially for take-out and then for sit-down dining. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India registers 50,000 new daily virus cases for the first time Jul 31, 2020 0 367 Growing death toll from monsoon floods hampers South Asia virus efforts Jul 31, 2020 0 372 Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj Jul 31, 2020 0 373 Philippines reports record daily high of coronavirus infections DPA Manila The Philippines on Thursday reported a record 3,954 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the country’s national tally to more than 89,000. The death toll from COVID-19 also rose to 1,983, with 23 .. Yemen’s rebels release Bahai leader previously condemned to death Sana’a Yemen’s rebels said on Thursday they had released the leader of the Bahai religious minority in the war-torn country, some seven years after he was detained. In March this year, a Yemeni court controlled by the .. Iran says jailed UK-Australian academic ‘in perfect health’ Tehran A British-Australian academic jailed in Iran is in “perfect health” and is going to meet Canberra’s envoy in Tehran next week, state news agency IRNA reported. Kylie Moore-Gilbert “is in perfect health and based .. Lebanon imposes new economic lockdown in bid to curb virus surge DPA Beirut Shops, banks and other businesses closed down across Lebanon on Thursday as part of new lockdown measures aimed at curbing a fresh surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi .. DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera Bukavu Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods. Immunisation teams have ..