South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa 

South Africa becomes the first African to impose a total lockdown due to Coronavirus.  The military has been witnessed manning the major cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town among others.


South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, and it will continue for three weeks. The shutdown attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the country.

Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa's three-week total lockdown which began at midnight.

Kenya, Rwanda and Mali are some of the African countries that have imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has been confirmed to have infected 3,203 people and killed 87.

Although Africa's toll is far lower than in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, health experts say the world's poorest continent is especially vulnerable and the figures likely fall far short of the reality.

Donning camouflage uniform complete with a cap, President Cyril Ramaphosa saw off soldiers before they deployed from a military base in Soweto township outside economic hub Johannesburg.

"I send you out to go and defend our people against coronavirus," Ramaphosa said.


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