Last night President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are now a confirmed 61 cases of the virus in South Africa.
Rather than waiting for things to get out of hand, our government has taken decisive steps to curb the spread of the virus, all of which were outlined in the president’s address to the country following a lengthy Cabinet meeting.
Here’s everything you need to know:
A travel ban will be instated for foreign nationals from high-risk countries and will be implemented from March 18, 2020.
South African citizens are asked to refrain from travel through high-risk countries.
South Africans returning from high-risk countries will be tested and asked to self-isolate.
South Africans and those visiting our country are advised to avoid domestic travel as far as possible especially on public transport (buses, taxis and trains) and aeroplanes.
All foreign nationals who have arrived in the country since mid-February from high-risk areas must report for testing.
Visas have been suspended and will be denied to anyone trying to visit South Africa from a high-risk country.
All shopping centres must ensure that they are taking measures to intensify hygiene-control.
This wasn’t mentioned in the speech – but please don’t panic-buy. Everyone is going to need loo paper, water and so on. Also, standing in a queue for hours essentially puts you in close proximity to other people. Think about it.