South Africa Under Lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa from Midnight 26 March 2020.
Lockdown will remain active for 21 days, People have been asked to stay at home.
President’s Address Notes
- Reiterate that most effective way to help infection is to change basic behaviours.
- Staying home, cancelling gatherings and avoiding people help curb the spread of the virus.
- Immediate swift and extraordinary action is required.
- Fundamental task is to curb the spread. Health services cannot be strained.
- Next few days are crucial.
- Decided to enforce lockdown from Midnight 26 March 2020.
- Will last 21 Days to 16 April
South Africa Under Lockdown has some categories exempted
- Health workers
- Emergency personnel
- Security services
- Production and distribution
- Essential banking services
- Laboratory services
- Hygiene services
- People will not be allowed to move unless buying food and medical supplies.
- JSE not affected. Trading continues.
- Malls and clothing stores to be closed.
- Those who can operate remotely must do so.
- Defense force deployed to help police.
- Public health management programme to perform screening. Initial focus on high density and high risk areas.
- Centralised treatment for sever cases.
- Decentralised treatment for mild cases.
- Resident arriving from high risk countries will face quarantine of 14 days.
- International flights from Lanseria suspended.
- International travellers will be turned away.
The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission across society.President #Ramaphosa:
President #Ramaphosa: I have accordingly directed the South African National Defence Force be deployed to support the South African Police Service in ensuring that the measures we are announcing are implemented. #COVID19 #CoronaVirusSA
This nationwide #lockdown will be accompanied by a public health management programme which will significantly increase screening, testing, contact tracing and medical management.President #Ramaphosa:
President #Ramaphosa: Community health teams will focus on expanding screening and testing where people live, focusing first on high density and high-risk areas.