President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially placed South Africa on lockdown.

Escalation of measures to combat the COVID19 transmission amongst citizens in the country, the president said these radical measures are the only way to disrupt the growing number of positive cases.

Speaking to the country via a televised address, President Ramaphosa has announced that citizens should remain at home for the next 21 days, beginning from March 26 until April 16.

Under the nationwide lockdown, all South Africans will have to stay at home. Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances.

“The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown include: health workers in the public & private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers,” he said.

The 21 Day Lockdown begins at midnight on Thursday March 26. The SANDF army to be deployed to support SAPS in enforcement. They will be accompanied by public health programme to increase screening, testing, tracing and treatment across the country.

South Africa has reached over 400 cases of positive COVID-19 patients, with hundreds more to be tested and confirm.

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