Shi Xiaomin, who used to export suits and blazers by the thousands to South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States, was luckier than many other Chinese factory owners.
As the country counts down to the national lockdown on Thursday, justice and security cluster ministers have once again urged the public to adhere to new regulations.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSIR) says it will remain fully operational and ready to respond to emergencies during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.
Government officials have identified quarantine sites across the country as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises from day to day.
Ministers in the Security Cluster say public transport including minibus taxis, trains and passenger flights will come to a virtual halt when the 21-day lockdown takes effect at midnight tonight.
Speaking at a security cluster briefing on the stringent measures that will come into effect during the lockdown period, Ministers stressed the seriousness of the situation.
Interim coach Ayanda Dlamini has revealed that AmaZulu FC have not trained since the first warnings over Covid-19 were issued by government, saying the club has taken the matter very seriously.
South African athletes have been urged to take advantage of the Olympic Games postponement by working on their preparations during this time.
The United Nations Secretary General has launched a two billion dollar global humanitarian response plan to fund the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries.
MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo Thandi Moraka is in self isolation after taking a test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says South Africans will be able to watch Easter services on Sunday through a channel on SABC and DSTV, as well as online.
The coronavirus pandemic has been described as a litmus test for President Cyril Ramaphosa. His leadership has already been a point of discussion since the outbreak of the lethal virus.
The spread of the coronavirus into sub-Saharan Africa will hit the region’s economic growth hard, with direct disruptions to people’s livelihoods, tighter financial conditions, reduced trade and investment and a steep drop in commodity prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.
About 800 homeless people in Durban are expected to be thrown a lockdown lifeline on Thursday, with the opening of the first facility to house them.
The African Export Import Bank is creating a $3 billion credit facility to help African countries overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Afreximbank announced in a statement.
Life started returning to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction resuming and people catching buses and trains across once-shut borders.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, says mining operations will be scaled down significantly during the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize says they are tracing almost 2000 contact cases after the department noted 15-new coronavirus cases in the Free State linked to a church in Mangaung.
Japan awoke on Wednesday to the deflating reality that the Olympics they had hoped to host in Tokyo this summer were now probably 16 months away after the coronavirus crisis forced organisers into an unprecedented postponement.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province's dense population is making social distancing difficult to contain the spread of the Coronavirus in the province.
Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland.
Gauteng government is briefing the media with plans in place to be implemented during the national lockdown.
The Botswana government has put under mandatory quarantine citizens who have recently returned to the country after travelling to South Africa.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have gone up to 702 cases.
The North West Health Department says it has already started tracing people who may have been in contact with the five patients who tested positive for coronavirus.
South African Airways (SAA) has suspended all its domestic flights with effect from Friday until April 16, the period during which South Africa is on lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Netball South Africa president Cecelia Molokwane has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Small Business Development Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says spaza shops will be provided with assistance by government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Relations says South Africans stuck in various parts of the world due to the coronavirus pandemic should make contact with South African Embassies in those countries.
The African Union Commission has put measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.