President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday declared COVID-19 a state of disaster.
Following an urgent Cabinet meeting, Ramaphosa addressed the nation from the Union Buildings on government's plans to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He added that there are now 61 cases of the novel virus in the country, including local transmissions.
Bongani BIngwa speaks to Department of Health acting director-general Dr Anban Pillay on the president's announcements.
The president's announcements allow the government to implement a number of measures and some measures infringe on people's rights.— Dr Anban Pillay, Acting director-general - Department of Health
He says it is important that children are protected from the spread of the virus hence the closing of schools is essential.
He urges citizens to also do their part by following the measures that have been announced by the president.
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The way we can deal with this outbreak is with our own behaviours like the way we greet people, using hand sanitizers and making sure that we protect ourselves in large crowds. If you are feeling ill isolate yourself and get yourself tested so that you don't spread the virus.— Dr Anban Pillay, Acting director-general - Department of Health
Listen below to the full conversation: