Pres Ramaphosa- Coronavirus a national disaster

President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa on Sunday addressed the nation and declared the virus as a national disaster.

Random screening, sanitisations will be conducted at all taxi ranks, according to minister of transport Fikile Mbalula.

SA thus far has 62 confirmed cases of the virus and the number will keep escalating.

“We will engage with everyone and issue instructions, Mbalula said at a press briefing by cabinet ministers on Monday morning in Pretoria.

While it is not clear how the processes will exactly unfold over the impending Easter period, Mbalula reiterated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s travel ban had been imposed on all foreign nationals.

Some of aircrafts will be rerouted to the several airports including OR Tambo, King Shaka, Cape Town International Airports as well as the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, Lanseria, Braamfischer and Port Elizabeth Airports.

Surveillance will also be increased in the maritime sector, so will be other major entering points.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said: “We need to move fast to reduce the speed in which Coronavirus infections is happening. Hard combat means we have to turn ourselves into soldiers, ready to fight. Every South African (should) be a soldier.”

The Health Ministry also said there are about 87 000 beds available at public hospitals and that it would be approaching private hospitals to assist when the need arises for further beds.

“Numbers rising need to slow down.

Level of severity of disease has to be milder. We need to understand that it (Coronavirus) is going to happen. We need to contain it so that there are no explosions, ” he said.

Mkhize also said currently there aren’t many admissions.

The deadly virus also sees travel ban (both inbound and outbound), schools and varsities will be shut down, no gatherings of more than 100 people will be allowed, shows have been cancelled and others postponed.

A call has been made on for a moratorium on sexual activity by those who may easily transmit the virus.

Precautionary measures such as washing your hands, using a sanitiser and keeping social distance has been punted. Keeping a social distance of 1.5metres means no kissing.

Meanwhile, Athletics SA, Premier Soccer League also announced that all games have been postponed.

For more information on Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999.

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