March 23 — In a bid to slow the infection rate of the new coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a nationwide 21-day lockdown, which came into effect at midnight on Thursday, March 26. “Staying at home, avoiding public places and cancelling all social activities is the preferred best defence against the virus,” the president said in a televised address. (

March 25 — As Covid-19 infections continued to grow, countries around the world went into lockdown ( to curb its spread. The Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo was closed to the general public as a protective measure and so it could be deep cleaned...

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