A national lockdown in South Africa has been speculated for almost an entire week now since Pres Cyril Ramaphosa announced some restrictions a few days ago. Tonight, the President effectively announced a National Lockdown effective tonight.
All South Africans must stay at home during the lockdown.
Emergency services and other essentials services will be allowed to continue with work, along with those involved in the production and supply of food. This includes stores that sell food.
Energy provision and financial services will also continue.
South Africans will only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and medicine and to seek medical attention. Ramaphosa said non-essential businesses must also close during this time.
SA military forces will be deployed along with the SA Police to ensure the restrictions are adhered to.
Other measures announced were that international flights to Lanseria International Airport have been suspended, and tourists from high-risk countries will be confined to their hotel rooms.
The president said everything must be done to stop the spread of the virus, and citizens must stick the restrictions put in place by the government.
The most effective way to prevent infections is through basic changes in hygiene and behavior, said Ramaphosa.
“Staying at home is the preferred best defense against the virus,” he added.
A week ago, there were over 160,000 cases worldwide. There are now over 300,000 confirmed cases worldwide, said Ramaphosa.