South African authorities announced on Thursday they would erect a fence along its outskirt with Zimbabwe to keep unlawful foreigners from entering and spreading the coronavirus.
President Ramaphosa has already ordered 35 out of 53 land entry points closed.
“This measure will … not be effective if the fences at the border are not secure, which in many places, they are not,” Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille said in a statement.
The ordered fence is to be raised on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry, in order to “ensure that no undocumented or infected person cross into the country.”
“All 40 kilometres (25 miles) of fence will be finished within one month. Local labour will be sourced by the contractor,” she added.
South Africa has sought to reduce unlawful migration from Zimbabwe, which it sees as a danger to neighboohood employments in a nation with joblessness of around 30 percent.
According to CNBCAfrica nations around the globe have been dropping flights, restricting travel from specific nations and fixing controls at outskirts in order to prevent the virus’s spread.
Ministers announced other measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus while limiting the impact of its side effects such as panic buying in supermarkets.