Corona Covid 19

Corona Covid 19


President speech:
– national state of disaster
– travel ban from high risk countries incl us and uk
– cancelled visas issued to visitors from those countries
– sa’s advised not to travel to Europe, USA and high risk countries
– avoid unnecessary interpersonal contact
– only sa citizens returning from high risk will be allowed in it subject to quarantine
– medium risk countries inbound travel high intensity screening (Portugal, etc)
– mandatory testing for recent inbound travelers
– strengthened surveillance and testing at all international ports
– closing 35/53 land entry ports
– closing 2/8 sea ports
– all non essential travel for government employees prohibited internationally and discouraged locally
– gatherings >100 prohibited
– celebrations of upcoming national days and govn events cancelled
– urgent small gatherings only with stringent control
– all schools close Wednesday 18 March until after Easter
– mid year school holidays shortened by 1 week
– colleges, universities, military, saps increasing vigilance
– minister of higher education will soon announce measures
– no visits to prisons at all
– wits student extensive quarantine
– call on all businesses to intensify hygiene control
– shopping malls and entertainment centres to bolster hygiene control
– strengthening health surveillance and testing systems
– identifying quarantine sites
– increasing capacity of hospitals and tracing processes
– partnering private sector for national tracking and tracing
– mass communication campaign on hygiene and prevention
– calling on everyone to change behavior and adopt simple hygiene – hand washing, cover nose & mouth when cough / sneeze, avoid contact with ill, no handshakes
– funding available from govn to capacity sector responses
– response led by IMC chaired by Minister Mkhize; congrats on good work
– national command council being established, chaired by president, meeting 3 times a week to coordinate
– aside from health impact, there will be economic impact
– drop in trade, tourism and global market instability
– anticipating severe decline in tourism, etc
– production, jobs, SME viability likely to be affected
– govn proepraing support package to help
– fiscal and other support measures in consult with business and labour
– expecting severe business disruption
– minimise infections and treat all

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