South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Monday ordered residents to stay at home until midnight on April 16. curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Ramaphosa who spoke via a nationwide address said, “Immediate, swift and extraordinary action is required if we are to prevent a human catastrophe of enormous proportions
“While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far greater.”
South Africa has confirmed 402 COVID-19 infections — the most in Africa.
The first one was detected on March 5. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned that as much as 70% of the population could contract the illness over time.