A roundup of IOL's Top 5 stories this week

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 20, 2020

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These are the stories that captured the attention of our readers this week.

Ramaphosa declares Covid-19 a national state of disaster

As the coronavirus spread around the world, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday.

He declared Covid-19 a national state of disaster and introduced strict measures including travel bans, closing schools and increased testing at airports.

We will never close Beitbridge border, says Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

As part of the state of national disaster, the majority land ports of entry into South Africa has been closed.

But this does not affect the busiest land border in Africa, the Beitbridge border post which operates around the clock, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.

Coronavirus: Places to get tested in SA

With citizens feeling vulnerable, the search for information on Covid-19 risks, symptoms and where to get tested was high on everyone’s agenda.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) released a list of sites where residents can be tested if they suspect that they have been infected. 

Pick n Pay reaches out to Cape Town pensioner after heartbreaking video goes viral

Another side-effect of coronavirus pandemic is panic-buying with customers inexplicably filling their trollies with toilet paper, amongst other things.

For one Cape Town pensioner the empty shelves were all too much. 

Coronavirus: Govt clamps down on pubs and clubs

In this strange new time, government is also clamping down on liquor sales at clubs, pubs and restaurants. 

Pubs and clubs are limited to 50 patrons at a time and no liquor can be sold between 6pm and 9am weekdays and Saturdays.

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