Lockdown:

2020-03-26 06:00
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown as from tonight at 00:00 until April 16 to contain the spreading of the coronavirus (Covid-19).Photo:ELIZABETH SEJAKE

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown as from tonight at 00:00 until April 16 to contain the spreading of the coronavirus (Covid-19).Photo:ELIZABETH SEJAKE

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President Cyril Ramaphosa took the unprecedented step in announcing a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

For the first time in South Africa’s 25 years of democracy, Ramaphosa announced stringent restrictions which will be every South African’s responsibility to bear to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 infections.

As of Tuesday, there were 554 positive Covid-19 cases.

The president said the number would continue to rise.

The lockdown, set to begin tonight (March 26) at 00:00 and end on April 16, will impact almost every sector of society, as well as ordinary people.

Why a lockdown?

Sacrifices and swift action now will save lives later, Ramaphosa explained in his Monday night address to the nation.

“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,” he said.

“While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and on our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater.”

Who will be affected?

The lockdown will affect everyone.

No one will be allowed to leave their homes for the 21 days unless under strictly controlled circumstances, including seeking medical care, buying food, medicine or other supplies and collecting social grants.

For homeless people, shelters which meet hygiene standards are being identified, and for those who are unable to self-isolate at home, quarantine sites will be identified.

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  • Lockdown starts tonight (March 26) at 00:00 and ends on April 16.
  • No one will be

allowed to leave their homes for the 21 days unless under strictly controlled circumstances

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