South Africa Announces Lockdown as Virus Spreads
South Africa has levied a 21-day lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa proclaimed on Monday evening.
The move comes on the day the country proclaimed that its confirmed cases had shot up to 402 from 274 cases the day before. The lockdown is effective March 26 at midnight.
Mr Ramaphosa said the military will be deployed to affect the nationwide lockdown.
At 402, the country now has the most virus cases in Africa, outstanding Egypt. The president was speaking to the nation about the rising threat of the disease that is growing in the country rapidly.
According the Ministry of Health, most of the cases are in the Northern Cape province.
Nigeria and Zimbabwe today recorded their first mortalities from the virus.
In Zimbabwe, journalist Zororo Makamba became the first coronavirus death in the country. The 30-year-old was the second person in the country to test positive.
In Nigeria, 67-year-old Suleiman Achimugu, a former managing director of Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), became the country’s first covid-19 fatality.
He is stated to have been sorrow from diabetes and cancer when the viral disease hit him.