Too Late? Summary of ANC #CoronaVirus Response as SA #COVID19 Cases (The Ones We Know About), Jumps to 51, ANC Declares A State of Disaster!
Five weeks after SA-News called for flights to SA to be restricted, the global CoronoVirus death rate shot past 6,400. Ramaphosa conducted consultations on Sunday with key stakeholders who will be impacted by #CoronaVirusSA during a special Cabinet meeting. He subsequently addressed the nation outlining their plans to cope with the pending disaster. He declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
Summary of Ramaphosa’ address concerning the Coronavirus
1. Declared national disaster.
2. Limit contact between person.
3. Imposing travel ban between high risk countries.
4. Cancelled/revoked visas.
5. Reframe all forms of international travel.
6. Self isolation and testing on citizens returning from international countries.
7. Strengthen screening at airports.
8. SA has 72 ports of entries, 35 will be shut down effective Monday.
9. Discourage all national travel.
10. Gatherings of more than 100 people prohibited.
11. Small gatherings unavoidable prevention and control needed.
12. School closes 18 March till Easter week-end.
13. Visits to all correctional services are suspended for 30 days.
14. Businesses to intensify hygiene control.
SA-News suggest all South Africans continue to follow COVID-19 preventive measures such as meticulous hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing, especially for the elderly and those with lung sickness
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has tested 1476 for SARS-CoV-2 – the causative pathogen for COVID-19. On 15 March 2020, there were 13 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of positive COVID-19 cases to 51.
The breakdown per province is as follows:
⁃A 60-year-old male who had travelled to Iran.
⁃A 36-year-old male who had travelled to the UK
⁃A 54-year-old male who had travelled to Switzerland
⁃A 27-year-old male who had travelled to the UK
⁃A 21-year-old female who had travelled to Germany
⁃A 53-year-old female who had travelled to Germany
⁃A 29-year-old male who had travelled to Switzerland
WESTERN CAPE: 5
⁃A 35-year-old female who had travelled to Germany and Austria
⁃A 42-year-old female who had travelled to Spain, Switzerland and the UK
⁃A 50-year-old male who had travelled to the Netherlands
⁃A 33-year-old male who had travelled to Switzerland
⁃A 35-year-old male who had travelled to Austria
⁃A 34-year-old male who had travelled to the UK
While we continue to see an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in South Africa, the ANC regime still claim there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is circulating in South Africa’s population; however, they say the status of COVID-19 transmission is increasingly likely to shift based on trends found in other parts of the world.
Note for Clinicians
In their efforts to expand and streamline testing for COVID-19, they have decided that doctors do not need to contact the NICD for approval as long as they apply the case definition before testing. The NICD will test the submitted samples as long as the required supporting documents accompany the sample (specimen submission form and PUI form) which is available on the NICD website: http://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-index/covid-19/