Faizel Patel - 23/03/2020
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will go into lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) supporting this move.
Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Monday night following a spike in the Coronavirus cases in South Africa to 402.
The president says 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.
"Everyone must do everything within their means to avoid contact with other people... Staying home is the preferred best defence against this virus. All South Africans "will" have to stay at home from midnight on Thursday, 26 March until 16 April 2020.
Ramaphosa says the lockdown excludes essential personnel.
“Public transportation will keep running to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go.”
Ramapahosa also says regulations have been put in place to avoid price hikes and panic buying.
Last Sunday, Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster, introducing several regulations to help curb the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of schools and travel bans on passengers from high-risk countries.