After a long delay to his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to close down ports and issuing travel bans aimed at the rising number of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
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Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday afternoon about the government’s plans to curb the virus.
This decision comes after the number of people infected with the virus in the country rose to 61.
The President, who has been under pressure to take drastic measures due to the alarming rate of this pandemic has decided to issue travelling ban to countries that have recorded a high number of Coronavirus.
” Travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries includes Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, UK, USA, China as of 18 March 2020 ” Ramaphosa said.
” South Africans are to refrain from travelling to United Kingdom, USA, China, Iran and South Korea.”
Public and private schools will also close on Wednesday until further notice.
Ramaphosa also has stated that various Ministers will liaise with different stakeholders on the impact of his explosive announcement.
South Africa is still yet to register its first death of Coronavirus, however, there are fears that it is only a matter of time before that can happen.
The virus has forced a number of social, sporting events and mass gatherings to be cancelled and it remains to be seen whether the Easter religious gatherings will also be postponed.
Ramaphosa has encouraged South Africans to continue cleaning the hands in the fight against not being infected with Coronavirus.