In short: Coronavirus measures announced by President Ramaphosa

In short: Coronavirus measures announced by President Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a raft of measures at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday to combat the spread of coronavirus. 

Cyril Ramaphosa Coronavirus 3- AFP

The measures were approved at a cabinet meeting earlier in the day. 

Ramaphosa also announced that 61 South Africans have now tested positive for the deadly virus. 

1. A national state of disaster is declared in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

2. Travel ban on high-risk countries from March 18.

3. South African citizens to not travel to high-risk countries.

4. Gatherings of more than a 100 people are prohibited.

5. Large events and celebrations are cancelled.

6. Schools closed from Wednesday, 18 March until Easter weekend.

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7. Working closely with universities, colleges etc to increase hygiene and put other appropriate responses in place. 

8. Businesses are called upon to take measures to intensify hygiene control.

9. Surveillance and testing systems are being strengthened at hospitals.

10. Partnering with the private sector to develop a tracing, tracking and monitoring system for all those affected by coronavirus.

11. Calling on everyone to take various personal measures as previously stated (hygiene, elbow greetings, etc.).

12. Package to be put together as a response to the economic impact of the disease.

14. Establishment of National Command Council chaired by the president to meet 3 times a week to coordinate responses to pandemic.

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