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[Full Speech] President Cyril Ramaphosa announces 21-day lockdown

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a national lockdown for 21 days effective from Thursday 26 March until 16 April at a national address held at the Union Buildings on Monday.

He revealed measures to be taken to tackle COVID-19 in South Africa.

Ramaphosa’s address comes after the number of confirmed cases across the globe exceed 340,000 and confirmed cased cases in South Africa rose to an alarming 402 from 61 cases in eight days, which is a six-fold increase.

The nation will be expected to comply with the lockdown with an exception for health workers, emergency personnel, security services personal, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.

According to Ramaphosa the rise in the number of infections may stretch the services and we must act quickly to curb the spread of COVID-19.

I am concerned that a rapid rise in infections will stretch our health services beyond what we can manage and many people will not be able to access the care they need. We must, therefore, do everything within our means to reduce the overall number of infections and to delay the spread of infection over a longer period – what is known as flattening the curve of infections

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Learn more about the president's speech here.




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