As South Africa begin the first full work of national lock-down, President Cyril Ramaphosa further emphasized on the need for citizens to stay at home as a measure to reduce the spread of the virus.
“It is now abundantly clear that the most effective way for a society to contain the spread of the disease is for the population to remain at home and physically isolated from each other for at least several weeks” he said.
Ramaphosa added that other countries that have taken drastic restrictions have shown greater success in managing the spread of the disease than countries that have been slower to respond.
“Wuhan, China had more than 50,000 infections. Now after more than two months after stringent lockdown measures were put in place, the province has had fewer than 20 new cases in the past two weeks,” said Ramaphosa.
South Africa has currently recorded 1,280 cases, 2 deaths and 31 recoveries making it the country in Southern Africa with the highest COVID-19 cases.