A woman walks past a closed liquor shop in Soweto after President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended alcohol sales.
"Now that infections are rising our health facilities... face challenges," he said.
The president re-imposed a night curfew and a controversial alcohol sales ban on Sunday to ease pressure on hospitals.
Those restrictions had been gradually lifted after a strict seven-week lockdown.
"It gave us an opportunity to prepare, to prepare our health facilities to be able to deal and cope with the rising infections," Ramaphosa assured.
Speaking on tobacco, the president says it is a suspension that will be dealt with as the country moves up the levels.
- Additional reporting AFP
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