Over Coronavirus, South Africa Mobilized Its Military To Enforce Strict Lockdown - Focus News


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Over Coronavirus, South Africa Mobilized Its Military To Enforce Strict Lockdown

South African Government has has enfoced a strict lockdown on the country to fight the widespread of the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The government enforced this policy by mobilizing it's military to avoid social gathering that serve as a major contact that spread the deadly Coronavirus virus. This lockdown will be observed for next 21 day in the country. The policy is implemented after the confirming cases of the virus in the country. 

The ban on citizen movement, beginning Thursday night, will become the biggest lockdown on the African continent. And it is being imposed at an earlier stage than in most other countries worldwide that have tried the same strategy.

With about 400 confirmed cases and no deaths so far, South Africa has not been hit as badly by the novel coronavirus as many other countries. But based on global trends and its own projections, the government believes it could see hundreds of thousands of cases in South Africa within a few weeks if nothing is done.

Mr. Ramaphosa said he has ordered South Africa’s military to be deployed to support the police in enforcing the lockdown. Soldiers were already seen mobilizing at a base in Johannesburg on Monday as they prepared to move out.

Mr. Ramaphosa also announced a package of economic measures to help businesses and workers. Funds will be established to help small businesses and to pay wages to employees of distressed companies. Tax subsidies will be provided to help small- and medium-sized enterprises, and banks are being required to work on debt-relief schemes. Temporary shelters will be identified to help homeless people.

South Africa’s mining industry, the traditional powerhouse of its economy, will be shut down for three weeks. Mines will be placed under care-and-maintenance arrangements.

Mr. Ramaphosa promised that the police would crack down on profiteering by businesses, to prevent unjustified increases in prices.

Many other African countries are taking steps to discourage social gatherings, but few have attempted a lockdown. Morocco and Rwanda were among the first to impose a lockdown, beginning in the past several days.

Across Africa, there are now 1,741 confirmed cases of the virus in 43 countries. Nearly 50 people have died – mostly in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Burkina Faso.

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