Coronavirus: Maimane asks Ramaphosa not to take a Mabena approach

Coronavirus: Maimane asks Ramaphosa not to take a Mabena approach

- Mmusi Maimane has joined the scores of South Africans who are calling for travel bans

- This comes as the World Health Organisation noted 'inaction' as the main reason behind the continued spread of the coronavirus

- President Cyril Ramaphosa's stance remains that it is 'too early' to issue a travel ban

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South African movement leader Mmusi Maimane has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to implement travel bans in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

After learning more about the impact of a delayed response in first-world countries, Maimane called on the president:

"I am worried that we are waiting for the worst to happen before we take the appropriate levels of action. At close range, can I ask that we not take a Mabena approach."

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Maimane highlighted one quote in particular from a New York Times article on the fallout in Italy, where a nationwide quarantine has been put into effect:

"This week, Italy put in place draconian measures - restricting movement and closing all stores except for pharmacies, groceries and other essential services. But they did not come in time to prevent the surge of cases that has deeply taxed the capacity even of a well-regarded healthcare system."

However, President Cyril Ramphosa's last public comments on the outbreak in South Africa had been that it was still 'too early' to implement restrictions locally. reported that the majority of cases confirmed in SA have been citizens who had engaged in international travel during the outbreak, bringing it back into the country with them.

This call to close South Africa's borders has been rippling through the country as people anxiously await the government's next move.

Thus far, the plan has been to repatriate citizens living in the virus's epicentre in Wuhan, China and place them under quarantine in Limpopo.

Other than this, the state has been tracing those who came into contact with infected citizens with only 645 tests conducted as of Wednesday.

With the World Health Organisation noting with concern that inaction has seen the disease spread further across the globe, it is hardly surprising that citizens are anxious over SA's prospects.

Take a look at just a few responses to the situation below:

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