South Africa Announces Nationwide Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Threat

South Africa Coronavirus Lockdown OnoBello

The National Coronavirus Command Council has joined other nations to enforce a nation-wide lockdown, CNBC reports.

The nationwide lockdown is for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March, ending on April 16th, 2020 and will be accompanied by a public health management program that will significantly increase screening, testing, contact tracing, and medical management.

The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.

Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies or collect a social grant.

Community health teams will focus on expanding screening and testing where people live, focusing first on high density and high-risk areas.

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