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The first COVID-19 case in South Africa was announced on the 5th of March 2020. Since then, the number of cases has grown exponentially over a period of two weeks to 709cases. The image below indicates the spread of COVID-19 cases by province as at 28 March 2020.
It is predicted that this number will continue to rise due to the community infections being recorded and will further put a strain on public services. It is clear from the evolution and development of COVID-19 in other countries and from prognosis of South Africa’s medical and economic experts, that extraordinary measures are required to contain the spread of the virus. With each increase in numbers, the government has taken incremental measures to stem the tide of COVID-19. On 15th March, with 61 new cases reported, the President announced a national state of disaster and declared a number of significant measures the country was to take to contain the virus.
The measures started effectively from Thursday March 26 2020 at midnight with the principle objective of disrupting the increase in transmission and to flatten the increasing and steep curve of the coronavirus.
As stated by H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa: “The next few days are crucial. Without decisive action the number of infections will increase. This extremely dangerous for a population like ours. Our fundamental task is to contain the spread of the disease. We must therefore do everything to reduce the overall number of infections”.
An individual consulatant in therefore required to conduct an analysis to investigate the social and governance implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, with a view to proposing measures to ameliorate the impact in the short to medium term and identifying early lessons for the future development of a policy framework