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South Africa has just announced a 21 day national lock down in light of the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in the country

South Africa has just announced a 21 day national lock down in light of the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in the country

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  1. Key facts:

    From midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight on Thursday 16 April, all South Africans will have to stay at home.

    The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.

    It will also include those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products. A full list of essential personnel will be published.

    Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies or collect a social grant.

    Temporary shelters that meet the necessary hygiene standards will be identified for homeless people. Sites are also being identified for quarantine and self-isolation for people who cannot self-isolate at home.

    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.

    Companies that are essential to the production and transportation of food, basic goods and medical supplies will remain open.

    We will publish a full list of the categories of businesses that should remain open.

    Companies whose operations require continuous processes such as furnaces, underground mine operations will be required to make arrangements for care and maintenance to avoid damage to their continuous operations.

    Firms that are able to continue their operations remotely should do so.

    Provision will be made for essential transport services to continue, including transport for essential staff and for patients who need to be managed elsewhere.

  2. The big question is how well will this contain the spread of the virus in the numerous populous poverty-stricken areas around the country. Millions don’t have much of a ‘home’ to lock down in.

  3. “Our analysis of the progress of the epidemic informs us that we need to urgently and dramatically escalate our response.

    The next few days are crucial.

    Without decisive action, the number of people infected will rapidly increase from a few hundred to tens of thousands, and within a few weeks to hundreds of thousands.

    This is extremely dangerous for a population like ours, with a large number of people with suppressed immunity because of HIV and TB, and high levels of poverty and malnutrition.

    We have learnt a great deal from the experiences of other countries.

    Those countries that have acted swiftly and dramatically have been far more effective in controlling the spread of the disease.

    As a consequence, the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March.

    This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.”

    [Excerpt from President Ramaphosa’s speech](https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-03-23-south-africa-on-lockdown-from-thursday/?fbclid=IwAR20XthYLFHx3orkm2AL8bHH4IgceINHcgg3aZ49Cfzen72XisE38L53-_c)

  4. I gotta take my hat off to our President, in a time where we need decisive leadership, he’s stepped up and done the right thing. If you look at places like Italy and Spain, it’s panic stations right now and SA would not be able to cope if we reached that point.

    Credit where it’s due, our government is putting citizens first and learning a hard lesson from the European (and American) experience.

  5. As an Australian I wish our government would fucking do this already, they’re dragging it out and putting more people at risk.

  6. I’m pretty sure South Africa, especially places like Johannesburg is going to get hit, HARD.

  7. Gaming for 21 days straight

  8. Very impressive, decisive leadership. I wish the USA had the same.

  9. Once again… KNOWN cases. The fact is that there are most likely 100 times more cases… if not more than that!

    It is time to admit the truth: Everyone’s infected. The quarantines are not and will not work. It was way too damned late.

    The only thing that people should do: Stay away from large crowds if you are immunocompromised for the next month or so.

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