Ramaphosa announces new measures to combat COVID-19 in SA

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night announced a raft of new measures to stem the tide of COVID-19 in the country.

During his address, he confirmed that the country now has 1326 confirmed cases of the virus and that a third person has died.

He added that “most people have responded well to the lockdown. I would like to thank them for the discipline,” but also cautioned those who have not heeded the call by government to stay in-doors as much as possible.

During his address he announced the following measure:

  • Screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale which will include major informal settlements
  • People who have severe to mild symptoms will get medical treatment, and as many as 10 000 medical staff will go to people for COVID-19 screening. If people test positive, they will be placed in isolation.
  • In the next coming days mobile phones will assist the government in geographical monitoring in real time, where positive people will be able to be tracked to see who they came in contact with.

“I am convinced that we will succeed because we will take this coronavirus threat seriously… we will all act responsibly. If we act together… we will beat this disease. I have no doubt whatsoever that we will overcome,” Ramaphosa said during his address.