South Africa has closed the majority of its border posts following an increase in infections in the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced control measures for the viral outbreak on Sunday evening and also revealed that the number of people infected by the virus in South Africa has risen to 61.
South Africa has closed 35 land ports and two sea ports of entry into the country to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus
DISASTER IN SOUTH AFRICA (61 POSITIVE) + 4
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the number of covid-19 infections is expected to rise. This as the country deals with internal transmission of the virus. The number of infected has risen to 61 people. A team of ministers will hold a briefing today to provide more insight on those numbers.
South Africa has 72 ports of entry in the country which are land, sea and airports.
Of the 53 land ports, 35 will be shut down with effect from Monday, 16 March in order to prevent further influx of people possibly infected with COVID-19.
Two of the eight seaports will be closed for passengers and crew changes.
CHURCHES AND GATHERINGS
There are calls for churches to suspend large gatherings, as the number of coronavirus cases rises. In Limpopo, churches and the government are joining hands in spreading the word about the virus. The province is where South Africans repatriated from Wuhan, China are being quarantined.
As a new coronavirus spreads quickly around the world, US health officials say they are “aggressively” assessing how long it can survive on surfaces to better understand the risk of transmission.
Based on what is known about similar coronaviruses, disease experts say the new outbreak of the virus, named COVID-19, is mainly spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Contact with fecal matter from an infected person may also transmit the virus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
Speech from President of South Africa notes