Take a look on a map

Take a look on a map

Coronavirus is a fast-moving infection originating in China. It has spread to more than 145 countries and claimed more than 6,400 lives.

There are now more cases around the world than there are inside China, where the spread of new cases has slowed down in recent days. Italy, so far, has the highest number of confirmed infections outside China.

This map helps us to understand whereto it has spread thus far

A rise in the number of daily confirmed cases of the new coronavirus internationally has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare its spread a global pandemic.

This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.

In response to the virus’s spread, countries around the world are ramping up measures to try to slow it down.

Governments have halted flights from virus-hit nations, locked down towns, urged people to stay at home, and suspended major sporting and social events.

So far, the official numbers seemed to suggest that sub-Saharan Africa, home to more than 1 billion people, had been lucky. The interactive map of reported COVID-19 cases run by Johns Hopkins University shows big red blobs almost everywhere except sub-Saharan Africa.

 

But now the numbers are rising quickly. South Africa, which had its first case 10 days ago (8 March 2020), now has 61. According to Ramaphosa, the virus has begun spreading inside the country. And just yesterday, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, and Namibia all reported their first cases, bringing the number of affected countries to 23. Some scientists believe COVID-19 is circulating silently in other countries as well. “My concern is that we have this ticking time bomb,” says Bruce Bassett, a data scientist at the University of Cape Town who has been tracking COVID-19 data since January.

How to protect yourself

How to protect yourself

Coronavirus has spread to more than 145 countries or territories and claimed more than 6,400 lives.

HOW TO STAY SAFE
The best thing is regular and thorough hand washing, preferably with soap and water since Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on then you touch face, accidently transmitting the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. Thus, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, washing your hands often and avoiding close contact with infected people are important for limiting the spread.

So,

  • wash hands frequently with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel
  • catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • throw away used tissues
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

Coronavirus infects the lungs. The symptoms start with a fever followed by a dry cough, which can lead to breathing problems.

It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, scientists have said, but some people will get symptoms much later than this.

The incubation period lasts up to 14 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. But some researchers say it may be up to 24 days.

SA Tourism supports measures to combat Covid-19 Pandemic

SA Tourism supports measures to combat Covid-19 Pandemic

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Address to the nation yesterday, 15 March 2020, on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, the Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has confirmed that the tourism industry will play its role in effecting these measures.

The first measure is to postpone Africa’s Travel INDABA, which was scheduled to take place from 12 to 14 May 2020. This step supports Cabinet’s decision to encourage social distancing by prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people.

Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SA Tourism says, “We are in full support of the Minister’s decision and are duty bound to protect our nation and industry.”

South African Tourism, through its National Convention Bureau (NCB), will be contacting participating exhibitors about the postponement. Further, the organisation will consult with the broader industry on workable future dates for INDABA. 

The newly instituted travel bans on foreign nationals from high-risk countries, including the cancellation of visas, will have a profound impact on the tourism sector. South African Tourism in conjunction with tourism industry stakeholders will collectively explore measures to ensure the sector’s recovery and to protect the sustainability and attractiveness of travel and tourism going forward.

“We appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for our industry as the repercussions of the virus reverberate through the entire value chain. We should use this opportunity to collaborate to find solutions beyond the current crisis, which will have long-term benefits for our country as a travel destination of choice”, says Ntshona.

Stakeholders are encouraged to visit www.southafrica.net for regular updates.

For media enquiries, please contact: Altaaf Kazi at South African Tourism         

Tel: +27 11 895-3046 or 082 553 9595       

Email: altaaf@southafrica.net 

Website www.southafrica.net

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