The Covid-19 coronavirus is spreading rapidly despite government putting strict measures in place in an attempt to stem the spread.
Schools have closed until after Easter, those who can work from home are, and bars and restaurants are shut.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will go into a 21-day lockdown to slow down the spread of the virus. This will be effective from midnight on Thursday March 26 until midnight on Thursday April 16.
Nobody will be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies or collect a social grant.
The military will also be deployed to assist policing and disaster management efforts.
Covid-19 coronavirus has claimed five lives since the implementation of the lockdown.
The ministry said it will deploy 10 000 community health workers across the country "to conduct door-to-door screenings in the most vulnerable communities".
"The field workers will not conduct any tests but will refer any persons suspected of having coronavirus to the nearest community health centre, clinic or hospital," said the ministry.
The number of confirmed cases in the country have passed the 1 000 mark.
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