south African SHUT DOWN: President announced a 21 day total lock down

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The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, has officially announced a 21-day, whole-country lockdown in an effort to control the Novel COVID19. The official shut down, a 21 day stay at home will officially start on Thursday 26 March. The goal is to arrest the continuos spread of COVID19 that is reported at 402 cases on Monday 23 March.

The Lockdown approach has proved to work with South Korea and Singapore managing to record zero infections after a 30 day lockdown. China has also managed to control the spread of COVID19 after implementing the lockdown.

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No one will be allowed to go to work in South Africa except essential services providers like health workers, pharmacists, police, the army, food producers, transporters and other industries to be identified as critical services will be published.

The government has also put measures to mitigate the severity of the impact on their businesses and employees who will be affected by the lockdown. SMMEs requiring assistance will be required to enrol on the SMME South Africa platform (www.smmesa.gov.za) which will go live on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

Foreign travelers will be turned back at the Airport and South African Nationals returning from countries with high risk will be put in self quarantine for 14 days.

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