South Africa, Africa's most industrialized country, has ordered most of its 59 million people to stay home for three weeks from today. It is by far the largest and most restrictive action undertaken on the African continent to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The national blockade has followed an alarming increase in confirmed cases in the nine provinces of South Africa. Three weeks after detecting its first infection, the country is now the center of the continent's pandemic, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases, double the number of the next most affected country, Egypt.
While the deadly virus was slow to occur in Africa, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths has gradually increased in recent days, increasing fears about the continent's readiness to deal with a pandemic.
To date, 46 African states has reported a total of 3,243 positive cases and 83 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Africa.
What you can do to protect yourself and everyone else.
You can take several steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus and stay safe. Be consistent with social detachment. Wash your hands frequently. And when you leave the house to buy groceries or other essentials, clean your shopping cart and be smart with what you are buying.
The reports were contributed by Michael Cooper, Alan Blinder, Julie Bosman, Emily Cochrane, Donald G. McNeil Jr., Frances Robles, Maya Salam, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Annie Karni, Mark Landler, Stephen Castle, John Eligon and Amy. Qin, Marc Santora, Megan Specia, Elian Peltier, Raphael Minder, Jason Horowitz, Fabio Bucciarelli, Nikita Stewart, Michael Crowley, Jason Horowitz, Elisabetta Povoledo, Lara Jakes, Jesse Drucker, Abdi Latif Dahir, Vikas Bajaj, Carl Hulse and Steven Lee Myers, Caitlin Dickerson, Annie Correal, Adam Liptak, Neil MacFarquhar and Frances Robles.