Cyril Ramaphosa says the outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa could turn into a national crisis. He says the government has already seen that it has an impact on tourism and he predicts it will also have an impact on South Africa’s “bad” economy.
“We have already seen that there are more open seats on planes flying to South Africa. This is going to have a huge negative impact and South Africans should be ready for it, ”Ramaphosa said at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.
He said South Africans need not be “panicked” about the outbreak of the virus here. “When we got the news, we immediately announced it in parliament to ensure that no news of the news was being circulated. We will continue to be transparent, ”says Ramaphosa.
He said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had already informed the World Health Organization about the outbreak of the virus here, saying that South Africa also had WHO members who would assist the country.
The president also said that South Africa could follow other countries, such as China, on how to deal with the outbreak.
“We are ready to deal with the virus. We advocate that both the private and public health sectors should be on a high readiness basis so that they can identify the virus. “
This comes after the first confirmed coronavirus case in South Africa.