As of Monday 6 April 2020, this is what South Africa looks like
The streets are quiet. The pigeons probably think we have gone extinct.
Its been 11 days since the 21 national lockdown was implemented on the 26th of March to the 16th of April 2020. Despite the rumors and the speculations that the lockdown might be extended, South Africans are still hopeful that it will lapse on the 16th. We will look at why.
To date, South Africa has 1,655 confirmed cases and 11 recorded deaths. Gauteng has the highest number of cases at 693, the Eastern cape at 25 and the lowest number at 7 in the Northern Cape.
Africa however is coming to a collective total of 9,310 confirmed cases that have spread over the past two weeks.
As for the rest of the world, the UK has 51,608 confirmed cases and 5,373 recorded deaths. The USA has seen a more rapid increase to more than 240,000 on the 2nd of April.
What does the lockdown mean?
The lockdown meant the limitation of freedom of movement and accessibility by the restriction to walk, to shop, public gatherings like weddings were banned and funerals restricted to 50 people.
As for the economy, the lockdown meant the closure of all businesses that did not sell essential goods. Including alcohol.
The government has agreed to hand out grants to the elderly, people with disabilities and to small businesses. Private sector employees earning below R6500 will be a tax subsidy of R500 per month for the next four months.
Did you know?
The Nelson Mandela University Innovation has been manufacturing hand sanitizer in response to the national shortage on sanitizer.
Due to the slump in the economy, aa KFC owner has withheld rent from a landlord. Very sure they are more doing the same,
Here are some Dos and Do Nots from the World Health Organisation to remind you how you can prevent the virus:
DO wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, several times a day. Use soap and water or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol:
- Before cooking or eating
- After using the bathroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
DON’T touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you have somehow come into contact with the virus, touching your face can help it enter your body.