According to data released by the South African police on the 22nd, from December 2020 to February 2021, a total of 10,701 people across South Africa were arrested for not wearing masks in public places.
A police spokesman said that there are still more South Africans arrested for not wearing masks and observing social distancing.
At the same time, he stressed that South Africa is currently in a level 3 epidemic prevention and control, and must wear masks to operate and take public transportation, enter government buildings and shopping malls and other public places.
According to a survey released last week by a South African research agency, the proportion of people wearing masks in South Africa is increasing.
As of December last year, 78% of the population had been able to consciously wear masks, an increase of 4 percentage points from August.