In the second episode of the Quarantine Diaries, News24 speaks to Titi Nxumalo, the South African consulate-general in Milan, to find out if there are any indications when restrictions in Italy will be lifted.
The country has imposed a nationwide lockdown. After China, it is the hardest-hit country in the world, with 2 500 deaths from more than 31 000 Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Marc Davis, a South African living and working in the UK, told News24 panic buying had set in, with long queues and anxious buyers clearing shelves quickly. Schools in the UK will be closed from Friday after the death toll in the country rose to 104.
On home soil, 116 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed. On Wednesday, the government introduced strict new measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
All establishments - including bars, clubs, shebeens and restaurants - that sell liquor must close at 18:00 on weekdays and Saturdays, and 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays, with immediate effect.