South Africa goes into three-week lockdown amid COVID-19 threat


South Africa goes into three-week lockdown amid COVID-19 threat

South Africa has also gone into an official lockdown for the next three weeks to intensify its fight against Coronavirus. President Cyril Ramaphosa, dressed in his military attire, addressed the armed forces before they started patrolling across the country’s streets.

He urged the forces to be a ‘force of kindness’, stating that the people are already in a state of panic, and the soldiers should not do anything to turn the situation grim. He stated that it is unprecedented, not only in their democracy but also in the history of our country, that they will have a lockdown for 21 days to go out and wage war against an invisible enemy, Coronavirus.

As per the latest reports, Ramaphosa delivered a message on the similar lines to the police, emphasising that they need to understand that this is a crisis situation, where people are afraid of the virus and its impending threat, including those who are losing their livelihoods.

South Africa goes into three-week lockdown amid COVID-19 threat

Reportedly, the lockdown in South Africa is believed to be one of the strictest, which puts a ban on dog walking, alcohol sales, and many other things. In short, during this three-week lockdown, people will not be allowed to jog in public. It has also been reported that although the lockdown now is for three weeks, this might be extended, if the situation with the deadly virus does not improve.

As per the order, grocery stores will be allowed to remain open. Amid the said lockdown, Police Minister Bheki Cele urged the people to stay sober.

Also, as per the records, South Africa has the world’s highest rates of HIV infection and those with their immune system compromised, are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. The records also mention that the country also has a large number of people suffering from tuberculosis. Reportedly, it is not known as to exactly how this deadly respiratory virus would play out in TB patients, however, piling another respiratory disease on top of TB could be upsetting.

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