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Government’s bid to stop covid:

On Sunday 15 March 2020, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced drastic measures in a bid to stop the spread of the Covid-19 (Corona) virus.

These measures include the following:

- A travel ban from foreign nationals from high risk countries from 18th march 2020.

- SA citizens are advised to refrain from travel to or through high risk countries effective immediately.

-SA citizens returning from high risk countries will have to submit to testing and self-isolation.

- All foriegn nationals having arrived into the country since middle February from high risk areas must be tested.

- All spheres of government must not take non-essential travel.

- All gatherings of 100 or more people are prohibited.

- Schools will be closed from 18 March until after the Easter weekend break.

- Visits to all correctional facilities cancelled for the next 30 days.

- All businesses must ensure all measures taken to intensify hygiene control.

- All shopping centres must ensure all measures taken to intensify hygiene control.

- Capacity of health centres being increased nationally.

- Call for all to wash hands for 20 seconds, using soap or hand sanitiser.

- Call for all to sneeze with a closed hand into a tissue of elbow.

- Call for all to avoid close contact with those who have flue like symptoms

- Call for all to practice the "elbow" greeting and not shake hands.

- National command council has been established, meeting 3 times a week, chaired by the president.

- This virus will have significant and drastic effect on our economy.

- Cabinet is finalizing a package of varying fiscal measures for business labour etc.

- We must stop spreading fake and fear promoting news

- Swift, purposeful, and collective action required.


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