President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown will be implemented for 21 days. The lockdown will be enforced from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020.
People will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances like:
- To buy food and other necessities
- To go to the Docter or Pharmacy
- To collect social grants
The following sectors will be exempted in the lockdown:
- Health workers
- Emergency Services
- Security Sector
- Production, distribution and supply of food and necessities
- Power, Water and Telecommunication services
- ATMs and cash pay points
- Essential banking services
- Laboratory services
- Provision of medical and hygiene products
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.
SANDF has been mobilized to help the police force enforce the lockdown. President Ramaphosa asked that the public help play their roll in the fight against the Coronavirus. Ramaphosa said that there will be a continuous supply of goods and there will be no need to stockpile food and necessities.
This nationwide lockdown will be accompanied by a public health management programme which will significantly increase:
- Contact tracing
- Medical management
The spread of Covid-19 is extremely dangerous for a population like South Africa, with a large number of people with low immunity because of HIV and TB, and high levels of poverty and malnutrition.
A solidarity fund has been set up to focus efforts to help fight the spread of the virus. The fund will have a board of eminent South Africans.
For organisations wishing to make any offers of non-cash donations kindly contact 0860 001 001 between 8 am and 6 pm South African time.
President Rhamaphosa said, "I want to make it clear that we expect all South Africans to act in the interest of the South African nation and not in their selfish interests. We will, therefore, act very strongly against any attempts at corruption and profiteering from this crisis. I have directed that special units of the NPA be put together to act immediately and arrest those against who we find evidence of corruption."