Tuesday, March 24, 2020

An unprecedented move as SA goes under lockdown


President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced stricter measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening saying that he is ‘’heartened that every sector of society has been mobilised and has accepted the role that it needs to play.’’
The president thanked people in health, teachers, border officials, police and traffic officers who helped during this difficult time.
Ramaphosa says the number of people will rapidly increase in the coming days, and thus has announced, in an unprecedented move in the history of South Africa's democracy, a lockdown, from midnight on Thursday, 26 March, until midnight on Thursday, 16 April.
Health workers in the public- and private sector, emergency personnel, security services workers, and ‘’other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic’’ are not included in this lockdown.
Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, and other supplies or collect a social grant.
Ramaphosa says temporary shelters will be identified for the homelessness. Banks, pharmacies, labs, and essential financial and payment services will be closed.
Furthermore, Ramaphosa says in the coming days, the nation’s ‘’resolve, resourcefulness, and unity will be tested as never before.’’ Adding that South Africans are a nation at one and we will overcome this.

Done By: Mitchum George

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