Another person in the North West has tested positive to COVID-19. This brings the total number of infections in the province to five. According to the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize the total number of infections around the country is standing at 554. Last night President Ramaphosa announced a total shutdown starting midnight on Thursday – 26 March 2020. Here are the things you must know about the National shutdown:

President’s Address Notes

  1. Reiterate that most effective way to help infection is to change basic behaviours.
  2. Staying home, cancelling gatherings and avoiding people help curb the spread of the virus.
  3. Immediate swift and extraordinary action is required.
  4. Fundamental task is to curb the spread. Health services cannot be strained.
  5. Next few days are crucial.
  6. Decided to enforce lockdown from Midnight 26 March 2020.
  7. Will last 21 Days to 16 April
    Categories exempted:
  8. Health workers
  9. Emergency personnel
  10. Security services
  11. Production and distribution
  12. Essential banking services
  13. Power
  14. Laboratory services
  15. Hygiene services
  16. People will not be allowed to move unless buying food and medical supplies.
  17. JSE not affected. Trading continues.
  18. Malls and clothing stores to be closed.
  19. Those who can operate remotely must do so.
  20. Defense force deployed to help police.
  21. Public health management programme to perform screening. Initial focus on high density and high risk areas.
  22. Centralised treatment for sever cases.
  23. Decentralised treatment for mild cases.
  24. Resident arriving from high risk countries will face quarantine of 14 days.
  25. International flights from Lanseria suspended.
  26. International travellers will be turned away.