Filter for South Africa Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-06 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Many grades will return to school on the 6th of July. These are as follows: Pre-Grade R;Grade R; Grade 1;Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 6; Grade 10;grade 11; Schools of Skill: Years 2 and 3; Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities ("SID"): Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and final year (Occupational); Schools with Learners with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities ("LSPID"): Years 1-3; and Schools with autistic learners: Junior Group (below 13 years) and final year (18 years and above)
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People will also be able to exercise at any time during the day, provided this is not done in groups.
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2020-06-01 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
No more than a third of the student population will be allowed to return to campuses on condition that they can be safely accommodated.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
People will also be able to exercise at any time during the day, provided this is not done in groups.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Hiking to be done in compliance with excising guidelines and not in groups
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: General recommendations
All staff who are older than 60 years of age and those who suffer from underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer should ideally stay at home.
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2020-06-01 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
South Africa will move from alert level 4 to alert level 3 on June 1st. There will be a differentiated approach to deal with COVID-19 hotspot areas that have far higher levels of infection and transmission.
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2020-06-01 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Special measures will apply in hotspot areas which are defined by having more than 5 cases per 100,000 of the population. Each hotspot will be assigned a full-time team of experienced personnel. This team will include epidemiologists, family practitioners, nurses, community health workers, public health experts and emergency medical services, to be supported by Cuban experts.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
The curfew on the movement of people will be lifted.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
Schools will reopen for grade 7 and 12 on June 1st. Other grades will follow in due course.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Subject to hygeine and social distancing measures, all manufacturing, mining, construction, financial services, professional and business services, information technology, communications, government services and media services, will commence full reopening from 1 June.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Wholesale and retail trade will be fully opened, including stores, spaza shops and informal traders. E-commerce will continue to remain open.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All public universities are expected to implement remote teaching and learning strategies to ensure that all students are given a fair opportunity to complete the 2020 academic year.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Routine health services should therefore be fully opened and continue to provide services with attention to childhood immunisation, contraceptive services, antenatal care, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV, management of chronic diseases and support for survivors of gender-based violence.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants for delivery or collection of food. Restaurants with liquor licences are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery. In this area there’s been an outcry that they must be allowed for onsite consumption.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
professional services - e.g. tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, tourism information officers are allowed to come back to operations. Professional Services including training of nature guides and other related services that are able to ensure safe distance.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Accommodation activities are allowed except for leisure and establishments will no longer require a letter from Minister of Tourism to operate. They are required to ensure that they accommodate those in the permitted services and keep records for inspections by the department
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2020-06-01 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Liquor will be sold only on Monday to Thursday between 09h00 and 17h00. No sale of liquor on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, and the sale of liquor may be subject to directions issued by the relevant Minister.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
The proposed date for the first phase of schooling is 01 June 2020. Learners in Grades 12 and 7 may resume schooling on that date provided that all the necessary measures are in place and approved by the National #COVID19SA Command Council.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The Metro based Driving license centres will be opened first from 1 June 2020.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
During Level3Lockdown restaurants may open for delivery, collection and drive-through but may not serve food on the premises
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Long distance public transport between provinces will be permitted for certain circumstances e.g. funerals, medical treatment, movement of children.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Time restrictions on all road based public transport are lifted, but regulations must be followed.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that places of worship will be reopened on 1 June with strict guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Churches, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship will be required to ensure worshippers keep their distance.A maximum of 50 people will be allowed to attend depending on the size of the room or building. All worshippers will be required to wear masks and sanitise their hands.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The sale of tobacco products will remain prohibited in alert level 3 due to the health risks associated with smoking.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All gatherings will remain prohibited, except for funerals with no more than 50 people or meetings in the workplace for work purposes.
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Commuters will always need to wear masks, to wash their hands before and after they have travelled and avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands.
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2020-06-01 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Our national borders will remain closed except for the transport of goods and repatriation of nationals.
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2020-06-01 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Movements of persons between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts and hotspots is prohibited except for persons doing so in the course of carrying out work responsibility or performing any service permitted under Alert level 3, provided that such person is in possession of permit issued by the employer. Persons attempting to travel for other reasons must apply for permits.
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2020-05-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Tourism Relief Fund provides a once-off capped grant of R50 000 per entity to subsidise expenses towards fixed costs, operational costs, and other pressure cost items.
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2020-05-26 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship may resume services, but these will be limited in a size of 50 people or less depending on the space available.
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2020-05-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Effective today & subject to all applicable laws, all goods will be available for transaction through e-Commerce platforms (e.g. online platforms) with the exception of liquor & tobacco, which have been expressively prohibited for sale to the public during Alert Level 4. The gazetted directions enable the sale of products through e-commerce platforms & delivery-systems currently not available at retail outlets, including household appliances, electronic goods, furniture, books, music, gym products, clothing & footwear products.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Limited services will be provided from SA Social Security Agency local offices, which will progressively open as from today 11 May 2020. In order to protect the most vulnerable members of society, Mondays and Tuesdays will be used to receive applications from older persons.
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2020-05-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Regulations have been published which gives effect to the extension of temporary disability grants from the date they were suspended until the end of October this year.
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2020-05-11 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities or caregiver as guided in Section 1 (1) of the Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005) has been amended to allow the movement of children between co-guardians in the same district provided all legal documents are in order.
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2020-05-11 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
an additional 1 809 social workers are hired by the government to reinforce the current workforce and to provide range of social work services, including timely psychosocial interventions to support for affected individuals and families.
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2020-05-08 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Government has issued a list of requirements for workplaces to implement before allowing workers back into the environment. These include sanitising of offices and the provision of hygiene products,
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2020-05-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Government has issued a staggered return to work plan. Individuals must apply for permits to return to work and only those deemed absolutely necessary on workplace grounds will be initially granted these permits. Working hours will also be revviewed so not all employees will leave or retrun to work at the same time.
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2020-05-08 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
South Africa releases 19,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding.
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2020-05-06 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Government as created a website and whatsapp hotine for reporting fake news .
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2020-05-06 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
People attending their workplace in SA must wear cloth face mask, have thir tempertaure screened before entering and workplace stations must be disinfected regularly.
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
From Monday the 4th of May, DHA will render two additional services: registering of the births and collection of IDs.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
From next month, restaurants will be able to sell hot cooked food for home delivery. Sit down or pick-up are still not permitted.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Servicing of vehicles of personnel performing emergency services is permitted. This also includes the importation of spares for services purposes and manufacturing & emergency servicing of all other vehicles is allowed.
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The COVID-19 Social Relief of distressed individuals will run from May - October 2020 (R350 per month)
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Freight rail will gradually resume fully, though sanitation and social distancing rules will apply and face masks will be mandatory.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Delivery services such as Uber Eats, Mr Delivery and any other similar services are permitted to operate between 09:00 to 19:00 only for delivery of food.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All road-based public transport services are permitted to operate from 05:00 to 19:00, with a grace period of 1 hour in the afternoon to complete their trips and drop off passengers.
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2020-05-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Travel between Provinces, metropolitan areas and districts is prohibited with concession made for workers who have to commute to and from work on daily basis, attendance of funerals and transportation of mortal remains. The movement of these people is permitted between 1st and 7th May in line with covid regulations.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Driving schools will be permitted to resume their activities subject to effective social distancing and sanitizing measures. Both the instructor and the learner must wear a face mask at all times
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2020-05-01 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
As South Africa moves into level 4 restrictions, the lockdown will be lifted, but there will be restructions on movement between 8pm and 5am.
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2020-05-01 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Walking, jogging and cycling will be permitted only between 9am and 6am.
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2020-05-01 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Those who are elderly, and those with underlying conditions, must remain at home and take additional precautions to isolate themselves.
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2020-05-01 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The ban on the sale of cigarrettes to be lifted.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Some businesses will be allowed to resume operations under specific conditions. Businesses will be encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible. All staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.
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2020-05-01 Out Lockdown: Full lockdown
The full lockdown will be gradually eased from May 1st. From then on the country will begin a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity. SA will implement a risk adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions. There are 5 levels in this process, level 5 is the current full lockdown, from May 1st a transition to level 4 will occur (level 1 is essentially normal functioning of the country).
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2020-05-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Borders will remain closed EXCEPT for repatriation of South Africans abroad.
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2020-05-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public transport will continue to operate, with limitations on the number of passengers and stringent hygiene requirements, including that all passengers must wear a face mask.
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2020-05-01 In Public health measures: General recommendations
All South Africans are informed to wear a face mask whenever you leave home once lockdown restrictions are eased.
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2020-05-01 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
South African government changed it’s mind and decided that the sale of cigarettes will remain banned.
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2020-04-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
R300 per child will be added to Child Support Grants in May making it R740 per child. From June until Oct 2020 this grant will go back to R440 per child but the caregiver will get an additional R500 regardless of the number of children they receive a grant for.
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
A special COVID19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month for the next 6 months will be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed and do not receive any other form of social grant or unemployment payment
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government offers funding for companies who produce essential goods or provide essential services to scale up their operations.
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Hotline established for areas is in need of water to contact.
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2020-04-22 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
More than 70,000 extra troops will be deployed in South Africa to help enforce a lockdown intended to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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2020-04-18 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The Department of Basic Eductaion pospones May/June state exams until november
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
It is recommended that people use a cloth mask when going out in public.
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
people spreading fake news are liable and may be prosecuted. A phone number and email have been set up for reporting fake news.
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Widespread use of masks is recommended. People are recommended to use cloth masks & that medical masks be used by healthcare professionals.
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2020-04-09 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
South Africa has decided to extend its inital 21 day lockdown (which was due to end on the 16th April) for a further two weeks.
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2020-04-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Uganda has banned the movement of all motorcycle taxis, called boda bodas
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Zambians encouraged to wear a mask when in public.
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2020-03-30 In Public health measures: Mass population testing
South Africa has launched a mass screening programme with 10,000 fied workers to visit homes of citizens/residents. DOI: 31/03/2020
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
International flights to Lanseria Airport will be temporarily suspended.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Any employee who falls ill through exposure at their workplace will be paid through the Compensation Fund.
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2020-03-27 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
All of South Africa will go into total lockdown from the midight 26th March until 16th of April . This means individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except for strict reasons (aside from essential workers in the response). Detention and/or fine will be punishment for breaking the rules.
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All non-essential businesses will be closed.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Military deployment
The military will be deployed to ensure that people abide by the regulations.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Those travelling from high risk countries from henceforth will be turned back.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Regulations put in place to prohibit unjust price rises.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Temporary shelters that meet the necessary hygiene standards will be identified for homeless people. Sites are also being identified for quarantine and self-isolation for people who cannot self-isolate at home.
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2020-03-27 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Individuals who travelled from high risk countries since 9th of march will be expected to self quarantine for 14 days.
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2020-03-24 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Tourist leaving the country will be subjected to testing at three major airports in SA.
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The assembly of more than 50 persons at premises where liquor is sold and consumed is prohibited. Any person who breaks this law and convenes such a gathering is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All on- and off-consumption premises selling liquor must be closed between 6pm and 9am the next morning on weekdays and Saturdays; and from 1pm on Sundays and public holidays. They must also abide by 50 person gathering maximum rules.
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2020-03-19 In Public health measures: Testing policy
All travelers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries (China, France, Germany, Iran Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States) since 15 February 2020 will be required to present themselves for testing, while travelers from medium-risk countries as identified by the South African Department of Health will be required to undergo high intensity screening.
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
All public schools closed as of 18 March until 13 April
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Authorities imposing travel ban on individuals entering South Africa from various countries affected including the United Kingdom
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2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Of the 53 land ports (also known as border stations) throughout South Africa, 35 will be shut down.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Quarantine for those who test positive
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Infrafed thermometers and health personnel at all ports of entry.
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2020-03-15 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Declaration of State of National Disaster, 15 March
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Gatherings of more than 100 people prohibited & mass celebrations of upcoming national days, such as human rights day, will be cancelled. Where small gatherings are unaviodable organisers will need to put in place stringent measures of prevention and control.
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2020-03-10 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Emergency Operations Center of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases has been activated
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