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Panic buying as South Africans brace for lockdown

Written by on March 25, 2020

There is panic buying in South Africa as people stock up on food and other essentials ahead of a lockdown on Thursday.

The country has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the continent, with 554 cases recorded.

The conditions of the lockdown include:

  • Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances
  • All shops and businesses will be closed except those providing essential services
  • Temporary shelters will be set up for the homeless
  • Medical and security personnel will be exempt from the lockdown

The number of new infections – and deaths – is rising fast across Africa, in spite of lockdowns, curfews and travel bans.

In Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, all markets and shops have been closed , except for those selling food and medicine.

France says it will send special aid to the most vulnerable countries, many of which are in Africa.


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