How the first 3 days of lockdown went, and the number of Covid-19 cases rises.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to stay strong and disciplined during the national lockdown, which is aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19, as the country enters its first full week under the new regulations.
Usually very busy places such as Johannesburg’s Rissik Street and Cape Town’s Long Street, are now quiet and practically deserted.
The lockdown will continue until April 16, 2020.
It is now abundantly clear that the most effective way for a society to contain the spread of the disease is for the population to remain at home and physically isolated from each other for at least several weeks. #COVID19 #CoronaVirusSA #Day4 https://t.co/IKTsJwUmi8 pic.twitter.com/1pgLgpnJL3
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) March 30, 2020
— Austin🤝🍏 (@austinjosephza) March 30, 2020
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 28, 2020
As of 29 March 2020, South Africa now has 1 280 coronavirus cases and has recorded 2 deaths.
On day 4 of the nationwide lockdown, South Africans woke up to the news of at least 93 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, along with confirmation of a second death.
In the latest death, a 74-year-old man passed away in ICU at a private hospital in KwaZulu-Natal just days after testing positive.
The latest patient to succumb to Covid-19 was a man who recently returned from the Kruger National Park and presented with flu-like symptoms.
His test results confirmed that he had the coronavirus on Friday, the first day of the national lockdown.
Health records showed he also had skin cancer.
Experts said that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions were most at risk when it comes to Covid-19.
— Ashraf Garda (@AshrafGarda) March 29, 2020
Let’s all stay home and stay safe.
Social media users were left divided after poet Ntsiki Mazwai wrote a scathing open letter addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa that opposed his decision to lock down the country.
The letter saw Ntsiki topping the Twitter trends list for most of Sunday.
In it, Ntsiki shared her opinions about the economic impact the 21-day lockdown would have on the poor in the country and accused the president of “appeasing the white master” and putting money before his own people.
Here’s what Tweeps had to say.
“Your white solutions are not going to work on African people.”👀😲 https://t.co/5YNf6FUqgE
— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) March 30, 2020
— Ziphozethu (@Makwande__) March 29, 2020
I read Ntsiki Mazwai's open letter and there's no part that insinuates that there shouldn't have been a lockdown…
She doesn't always get it right but you're attacking her from a very poor angle this time. 🙃
— lorraine Lolo (@Loreign_Lolo) March 29, 2020
Radio personality and model, Luthando Shosha (commonly known as LootLove) gracefully bowed out of her hip hop show alongside DJ Speedsta.
Her last show aired on Metro FM on Saturday.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, the star mentioned how it is onwards and upwards from here, and that she will still be on radio. Does this mean she will have another show at another station? We guess time will tell.
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