- Calls are growing for SA to suspend all flights from Europe
- Europe has become the new epicentre for the virus as cases have increased exponentially
- Rwanda has taken swift action after it confirmed its first case
As the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 grows in South Africa, there has been increasing calls for all flights from Europe to be suspended.
Briefly.co.za learned that Europe has become the new epicentre of the virus with countries going into complete lockdown, with Italy bearing the brunt of the infections. Spain went into lockdown yesterday with a number of flights being cancelled with planes having to turn around in mid-flight.
IOL reported that Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) reported that some clinics are giving the wrong advice to patients. The union wants the borders to be closed or it threatens to pull its members from the front lines as confirmed cases have risen to 51.
“Just as the US has done, our government must clamp down hard and fast on the Covid-19 virus and urgently suspend flights from Italy, which is now considered the epicentre of the virus, the UK, and other European countries.
“We can only hope that at today’s Cabinet meeting, which will discuss what actions to take to combat Covid-19, brave and correct decisions will be taken,” specialist doctor Johan Cilliers told Independent Media on Saturday.
The US has extended travel bans to Europe and recently included the United Kingdom after cases in the country shot over 1100 and the number of deaths almost doubled from 11 to 21.
Rwanda reported its first confirmed case with government taking swift action by placing washing stations throughout the capital Kigali.
The African country has also cancelled sports events and flights to India, China and Israel in an effort to slow the spread of the disease according to ENCA.
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