Monday, March 23, 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces lockdown for South Africa

The president of South Africa has announced a lockdown effective midnight Thursday 26 March 2020 in his address to the nation on Monday in response to the coronavirus global pandemic.

Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes for the next 21 days unless under strict conditions. Temporary shelters will be provided for the homeless.

Only health workers, emergency personnel and security services will be allowed to move around.

People will not be allowed to leave their homes unless to buy food and medical supplies.

Supermarkets will be open but pther stores and shops will be closed.

Essential banking services like ATMs will be open.

Laboratory services and hygiene services will be able to operate.

The JSE will be not be closed. Trading will continue as usual.

Shopping Malls and clothing stores will be closed.

Those who can operate remotely can work from home.

There will be a public health management program to screen people. They will focus on high density and high risk areas.

There will be centralized treatment for severe cases and decentralized treatments for milder cases.

South African residents arriving from high risk countries will be quarantined for 14 days and tested.

International flight from Lanseria airport will be suspended.

International travelers will be turned away.

The president then urged all South Africans to be vigilant and strong in their resolve to stay home during the lockdown. He prayed to God that we can stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve in the next 21 Days.

Are you prepared for the next 21 Days of lockdown? Will people be panic buying in the next few days? Will the lockdown be extended past the 21 days?

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