South Africa Announces 3 Week Lock down Starting Thursday, 26th March

By Rahab Mbiriti / March 24, 2020 | 9:28 am



South Africa Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa yesterday, March 23, 2020, announced that the country will be going into lockdown for 21 days in a bid to control the spread of the Coronavirus.

During a press conference, the South African president said that the lockdown would start on midnight March 26, 2020, and end on 16 April 2020.

South Africa has so far recorded over 400 cases of Coronavirus, which is the highest number in Sub Saharan Africa.

“This is a decisive measure to save the lives of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of our people. While these measures will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and on our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater,” said Ramaphosa.

All shops and businesses will be expected to be closed except for pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial services, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care facilities.

“We must do everything in our means to delay the spread of infection over a long period. It is essential that every person should adhere strictly to the regulations and measures we are announcing,” said Ramaphosa.

The South African National Defense force will be deployed into the streets nationwide to support the police in ensuring that the measures are fully enforced.

“The next few days are crucial. Without decisive action, the number of infected people will increase” Ramaphosa added.

Total global cases of the Coronavirus now stand at over 380,000 while deaths from the disease now stand at over 16,000.

Read Also: Italy Death Toll From Coronavirus Hits 6,077 After 602 New Deaths





About Rahab Mbiriti

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