Covid-19 declared pandemic
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently. Avoiding touching your face and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Signs of infection
> Sore throat
> Runny nose
> Dry cough
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a 21-day nation-wide lockdown with effect from midnight on Thursday. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday.
In a televised address to the nation, the President announced that the lockdown is necessary in order to save lives in light of the Coronavirus.
“This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and on our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater,” said President Ramaphosa.
What is a lockdown?
A lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes.
The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to fundamentally disrupt and contain the chain of transmission. This will prevent the spread of this virus and save the lives of South Africans.
During this lockdown you will be able to do the following:
> Visit the pharmacy
> Collect social grant
> Access banking services
> Seek medical care
> Buy groceries
> Get petrol
Emergency services including doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics will continue operating as usual. Should you break the rules you could be punished with imprisonment for up to one month or with a fine.
Under the lockdown, South Africans will be required to stay at home from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020, until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020.
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“Let us UNITE and fight this disease together. Please wash your hands using soap and water or disinfectant sanitizer. Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. For more information call the hotline 0800 029 999.” National Department of Health.