- Shortly before the commencement of the order, long queues of people appeared in supermarkets.
- Experts fear the weak health systems on the continent will never be able to cope with the rapidly expanding infection.
- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced last night a ban on all public transport across the country.
South Africa has announced its first death caused by coronavirus as the nation began to ban travelers from foreign countries. The nation has more than 1,000 cases so far. South Africa’s defense and security forces have begun today to urge the implementation of lockdown measures on people to stay in their homes to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Shortly before the commencement of the order, long queues of people appeared in supermarkets, making the necessary purchases to save themselves during this time of lockdown. South Africa has quickly become the epicenter of covid-19 on the African continent.
On Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited an army camp before troops were allowed to enter the road. “I send you out to go and defend our people against coronavirus,” Ramaphosa said. “This is unprecedented, not only in our democracy but also in the history of our country, that we will have a lockdown for 21 days to go out and wage war against an invisible enemy coronavirus,” he said.
Grocery stores will not be closed, even though liquor stores will be at this time for 21 days. Police Minister Bheki Cel has demanded that South Africans be sound and happy during this time. On Thursday, a long series of vehicles were reported on the highway from Johannesburg, despite the government’s directive to keep people in their homes.
Thousands flooded the bus stations with the intention of fleeing the city and staying with families in rural areas. This raises fears that some may be going to infect their relatives in villages, especially the elderly. The government has said anyone who disobeys the order will serve a six-month sentence as a maximum penalty or fines.
“If people disagree with the instructions they may (the military) be forced to take more serious action,” said Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. South Africa had already closed schools and banned gatherings of over 100 people.
Although Africa as a whole has not been affected to such an extent as other parts of the world, experts fear the weak health systems on the continent will never be able to cope with the rapidly expanding infection. In South Africa, there is an increased fear of people living with HIV, especially about 2.5 million people in the country who do not take antiretroviral drugs.
Coronavirus in Uganda
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced last night a ban on all public transport across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This has had a major impact on millions of people because it hinders their travels, but also because it affects the income of some of the most vulnerable. People cannot get to work or in their business, which means they have no income for their daily needs.
Workers who receive daily pay based on the work they do are also in terrible conditions. Markets have been ordered to sell only food products. Commercials, shops and commercial houses in Kampala are closed. This morning, a video began circulating of security forces dispersing crowds of commuters and people in central Kampala.
Police and soldiers have been accused of using excessive force, where they were seen hitting people on the streets. Journalists say that while shops should not be closed in accordance with the president’s instructions, security forces have shut down all businesses in Kampala, except for general stores and food restaurants.