South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the nation’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals from “high-risk” countries: Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the US, the UK and China.
He said the travel ban would come in effect on 18 March.
“Any person who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa,” the president said. “South African citizens returning from high-risk countries will be subjected to testing and self-isolation or quarantine on return to South Africa.”
He also said additional screenings would begin at airports, government travel would be limited, and gatherings of more than 100 people were now prohibited. Schools will also close from 18 March until after the Easter weekend.
South Africa has the second-highest number of cases on the continent – 61, according to AFP news agency.
Most infected individuals had recently travelled to Europe.