Convid-19: South Africa’s President orders a complete lock down over pandemic
A total lock down is what South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has called for.
He gave the ordered on Monday, a 21-day country-wide lock down to curb the spread of the Convid-19.
He ordered South Africans to “stay at home” until midnight on April 16.
Ramaphosa in his address said, “Immediate, swift and extraordinary action is required if we are to prevent a human catastrophe of enormous proportions.
“While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far greater.”
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had earlier warned that as much as 70% of the population could contract the illness over time.
The South African Government decided to go on a total lock down after previous measures like shutting down schools and ban on large gatherings and travel restrictions failed to curb the spread.
South Africa remains the only country in Africa with the highest number of confirmed cases- 402 COVID-19 infections .
The nation’s first case was detected on March 5.