SA now has 61 people infected. This is expected to increase over the next weeks and months. It is worrying that we are now struggling with internal transmission of the virus. This leads to the extraordinary reaction. We are going to take drastic steps to protect our people and the economy. This is how the president started the address to the nation.
BREAKING: Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in SA is now 61. Worryingly, the number of internal transmissions is increasing.— Cathy Mohlahlana (@CathyMohlahlana) March 15, 2020
We now declare a national disaster so that our disaster management can be integrated. We have put in place an emergency system to relieve the impact of the virus.
To curb infection between infected and South Africans, we introduce a travel ban between high-risk countries such as Italy, China, America, Spain, South Korea and others from March 18. We canceled our visas. South Africans are requested not to travel to the countries. This is effective immediately.
The schools will be closed from Wednesday 18 March and will remain closed until after the Easter holidays. To make up, the school holiday will be shortened by a week.
The government will work with all state institutions to strengthen their hygiene control. Visits to all prisons are immediately suspended for 30 days. He calls on all businesses to strengthen their hygiene control as well as shopping malls and movie theaters.