South Africa Goes Into Total Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Crisis

South Africa Goes Into Total Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Crisis 1

The South African Government has announced that the nation will be
going into total lockdown from Thursday March 26, in a bid to curb the
spread of coronavirus in the country. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the measures after
coronavirus cases in the country increased from 274 to 402 on Monday
March 23. 

According to Ramaphosa, the stay-at-home order which will be
effective till April 16 does not apply to essential services personnel,
including police, health care workers and those involved in the supply
of goods, including food.

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He said in his address to the nation;

“We need to urgently and dramatically escalate our response. 

“The next few days are crucial. Without decisive action the number of people infected will rapidly increase. 

 “This is extremely dangerous for a population like ours, which has a
a large number of people with suppressed immunity because of HIV and
TB, and high levels of poverty and malnutrition.”

The country which is currently in recession will be the third country
in Africa to close down all but essential economic activity, after
Rwanda and Tunisia. 

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From figures released by South Africa’s Health Ministry, more than
half of South Africa’s total cases are in Gauteng province, which
includes Johannesburg, the country’s largest city with 5.7 million
people, and the capital, Pretoria, with 2.4 million. 

Though no coronavirus death has been recorded in the
country, majority of people infected are travelers from Europe and other
countries. The number of cases that are locally transmitted is also
rising. 

With the 128 new cases, South Africa as of Monday had the most virus cases in Africa, surpassing Egypt.

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