On the 23rd of March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation about a way forward of the continuous spread of coronavirus, COVID-19. The current number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 402.
“Since the national state of disaster was declared, we have put in place a range of regulations and directives.
These regulations have restricted international travel, prohibited gatherings of more than 100 people, closed schools and other educational institutions and restricted the sale of alcohol after 6 pm.” Ramaphosa said.
Ramphosa enforces hygienic habits to curb the spread of the virus.
- Wash hands frequently with hand sanitizers or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Cover our nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow;
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Cyril Ramaphosa announced there were over 340 000 confirmed cases across the world at the point he briefed the nation.
South Africa went from 61 cases to 402 cases in just 8 days, as Ramaphosa explains
“In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases has increased six-fold in just eight days from 61 cases to 402 cases.”
“This number will continue to rise” continued the President.
The SA President imposed a total lockdown in South Africa, stating “The next few days are crucial.”
“The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March.”
During the lockdown, from midnight 26 March 2020, all South Africans are required to stay home.
“The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.”
Ramphosa also mentioned that “a full list of essential personnel will be published.”
- You will not be allowed to leave your home except under strict conditions such as seeking medical care, buying food and collect social grants.
- “Temporary shelters that meet the necessary hygiene standards will be identified for homeless people”
- All shops and businesses will be closed except for “pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial and payment services, including the JSE, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care providers.”
STAY HOME FOR THE NEXT 21 DAYS AS FROM 26 MARCH MIDNIGHT OR YOU WILL FACE IMPRISONMENT AND/OR A FINE.