Sunday, 15 March 2020

Pretoria: The President of the Republic of South Africa; Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced measures to minimise and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

This comes after a backdrop of the special cabinet meeting that was held at the Union Building, earlier today.

President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented travel bans with immediate effect after declaring the Covid-19 outbreak, a national disaster.

Ramaphosa announced that there are now 61 cases of the novel virus in the country, including local transmissions. As earlier, reported by the Minister of Health; Zweli Mkhize, the official total count during the day was standing at 51 cases.

Out of the new reported cases, the President confirmed the first local transmitted case.

Below are the key measures announced by the President in his address:

  • Coronavirus pandemic declared a national state of disaster;
  • Travel ban on foreign nationals from high risk countries, as from 18 March 2019;
  • Cancelled VISA from High Risk countries
  • South Africans to refrain from travel to China, Iran, USA, Italy, Spain and other high risk countries;
  • Any foreign nationals who have visited high risk countries in the past 21 days will be denied VISA’s;
  • All Travellers who have traveled to high risk countries since February, must present themselves for testing.
  • 35 land ports will be shutdown from Monday, 16 March 2020;
  • All non-essential travel for Government officials are banned;
  • Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited;
  • Large Government events are cancelled. This includes commemorations celebrations such as Human Rights Day;
  • Schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 and reopen after Easter holidays;
  • Visits to all correctional services are suspended for 30 days;
  • All businesses to insure they take measures for hygiene control;
  • Isolation and quarantine sites are being setup in all districts and Metros;
  • Plans to strengthen screening and testing measures at International Airports.
  • Mass communication campaign is being undertaken by Government; and

Remember to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid hand shakes.