As Coronavirus travels from continent to continent and people travel less, South Africa has imposed travel restrictions from countries most affected by the coronavirus in attempts to ward off the human and economic toll of the pandemic.
As at this morning (March 23), South Africa currently has 274 cases of coronavirus, with no deaths yet recorded.
However, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation eight days ago and declared a national state of disaster. Meanwhile, observations revealed that social distancing rule to reduce contact and consequently infection in South Africa is not very strong.
Asking if you can do a walk in the park in South Africa?
Yes, you may go out for a walk but keep social distance of about 2 meters to be safe.
Though this is NOT feasible in South Africa’s informal settlements where people can hardly get 1 meter distance from one another.
Daily Maverick says: “The Covid-19 pandemic poses unique challenges to South Africa, not least our love of mass gatherings, our very high rates of HIV/Aids and TB infection, our sprawling and overcrowded informal settlements, and an overburdened public health system. Mass education is our best weapon”.
LEARN FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM
As echoed by the Daily Maverick, mass education about social distancing is the game changer in South Africa and other parts of Africa.
BBC report says: “Everybody in the UK has been asked to stop non-essential contact, but most people are still allowed to go outside as long as they stay more than 2m (6.5ft) apart.
Cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres are all closing.
The move is part of the UK’s social distancing measures to minimise non-essential contact…” If we follow the rules strictly in Africa, spread and infections will be highly minimised.