PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT 

 

PARTIAL LOCKDOWN UPDATE – COVID-19

Today the Kingdom of Eswatini entered its sixth day of the Partial Lockdown initiated to halt the spread of the coronavirus. With 850 000 confirmed COVID 19 cases and over 41 000 deaths globally, this virus is proving to be among the biggest health challenges the world has faced in many years. This is a highly contagious virus that has the tendency to spread like wildfire across communities and countries.

Eswatini remains with nine confirmed COVID19 cases, and at high risk and high alert. The Kingdom is currently under a status of National Emergency. The decision to activate a partial lockdown was crucial in flattening the curve and ensuring that the number of infected does not balloon to over burden our already strained health system. The past six days has been a period of many lessons with false starts and uncertainty is some instance as EmaSwati adapted to a change of lifestyle never experienced before.

I take this opportunity to thank all citizens who have heeded to the call to stop unnecessary travel and stay at home in adherence to the partial lockdown measures.

Experience from other countries has taught us that there is no better intervention to restrain the spread of the virus than to keep it contained in one place instead of spreading from community to community.

The virus does not move in itself but people move it and thus spread the risk of infecting others. The partial lockdown allows us to travel only for food supplies, medication, and for the workers in essential services. All other travel remains strictly prohibited.

May I take this opportunity to appreciate His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama for his incisive leadership and direction at this challenging time, and for calling for a National Day of Prayer which was successfully held on Sunday 29 March 2020. Thousands of EmaSwati, in and out of the country, joined the prayer through broadcast channels and Government social media platforms. As a nation we have no doubt that through prayer all things are possible.

My appreciation also goes to the Deputy Prime Minister for the role he has played in effectively leading the National Emergency response. The National Emergency Task teams, Regional and Sectorial Committees have accepted this responsibility with speed and commitment since the National Emergency was declared.

Government continues to pursue all avenues that will lessen the negative effects of this partial lockdown on the pockets of the populace.  To cushion EmaSwati from the economic impact of this period and the devasting effects of the coronavirus, Government has made several interventions. These include:

  • The Central Bank has reduced the discount rate by 100 basis points. This reduces the cost of debt by 1%.
  • Government has reduced the price of fuel with effect from midnight 2 April 2020.
  • The increase in the price of electricity has been suspended for two months.
  • The renewal of motor vehicles registration has been extended without attracting penalties to the 29th May.
  • Taxpayers projecting losses are expected to file loss provisional returns and no payment will be required.
  • Government is engaging the transport sector with a view to assist with a small subsidy to ensure the industry to continue transporting workers in essential services and citizens embarking on essential travel.

We are thankful to the cooperation we are getting from the transport industry in this difficult period for them and business as a whole. Government further appreciates law enforcement agencies for ensuring that the public complies with the partial lockdown measures.

May I emphasize the importance of allowing only essential travel and essential businesses to operate. We are cognisant of the massive economic impact that this partial lockdown will have on business. This decision was not taken lightly. We are called upon to prioritise the health of our people at all times. No one will work in these businesses if EmaSwati would succumb to this virus. The lives of all EmaSwati matters and cannot be compromised. We therefore plead for patience and understanding as we traverse together through this difficult path and challenging times for our economy and country.

It has been observed that while the virus does not generally discriminate in terms of age, it has the tendency to substantially affect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Therefore, it is important for Government to protect our elderly from being exposed to this virus especially in the issuance of the elderly grant where large numbers of people gather at one time. Government has taken the decision to pay all elderly grants electronically with immediate effect. This is done in collaboration with Eswatini Post and Telecommunication Corporation, MTN Eswatini and Eswatini Mobile. The distribution of grants is going well so far. The elderly are very appreciative of this initiative and clearly this is a significant step forward towards Vision 2022.

Government has also approved a preliminary costed procurement plan for the COVID-19 Eswatini National Emergency Response after wide consultation with stakeholders. The Resource Mobilization team has been able to raise E18 million towards the Covid-19 Response. This would not have come at a better time as financial resources are urgently needed to procure more health equipment and material so desperately needed to effectively manage the spread of the virus. An assessment of the overall amount of financial resources required to fight this pandemic is underway and the public will be informed. To this end, Government fully appreciates the generosity of all our international friends and local companies that have already donated towards the response.

To cope with the demands of halting the spread of coronavirus, Government has recruited several health personnel. They include eight doctors, 145 nurses, environmental health specialists, paramedics, orderlies and others. A total of 1,007 nurses from all levels, 147 medical doctors and over 3,000 rural health motivators have been trained on COVID 19. Training is an important element in the fight against the virus and will be an ongoing exercise. Our rural health motivators are crucial in reaching out to communities and helping with the required information to stop the spread of COVID 19.

Forty water tanks with a capacity of 5000 litres each have been procured and distributed to various communities in the country to provide running water to wash hands.

The priority has been rural areas which are experiencing water shortages. We are aware this is not enough and Government continues with the programme to bring clean water closer to all EmaSwati. 

Government is in contact with EmaSwati in high risk countries ensuring their wellbeing and safety at this time.

This pandemic continues to test our resolve as a nation and we have the opportunity to leverage on its effects to uplift our communities. Once again let us be all vigilant and follow all the partial lockdown measures and health precautions as provided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. The public is advised to rejects myths and conspirancy theories that seem to dominate the social media platforms.

As we observe the partial lockdown and restrict unnecessary movement and stay at home, let us remember to follow the precautionary guidelines as provided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. These include:

  • Our home environment should be kept clean and safe and all high touch surfaces must be disinfected regularly.
  • Wash hands regularly with running water and soap. Help the young to also appropriately wash hands. In the absence of water and soap, the public is advised to use sanitizers.
  • Stop shaking hands and use other non touch methods of greeting.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from each other.
  • Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes) and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Take care of the vulnerable, especially senior citizens and those with underlying respiratory conditions who are more susceptible to the coronavirus infection.
  • If you experience flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough, high temperature) visit your nearest health centre facility or call the Emergency Medical Services Toll free line 977.

The message is clear, stay at home and save yourself, family, community and the country.

Thank you.Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini                    

PRIME MINISTER

 

01 April 2020

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

COAT OF ARMS

PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT 

 

PARTIAL LOCKDOWN UPDATE – COVID-19

Today the Kingdom of Eswatini joined the rest of the world and more than 2.5 billion people globally to observe a partial lockdown and, for others, a full lockdown - to combat a common enemy, the coronavirus. This is unchartered territory for the Kingdom and the world, a time when our resolve and collective effort to control the spread of a virus that has gained unsavoury reputation is put to the test.

The partial lockdown that has been effected across the country today is a necessary step towards containing the spread of this evidently stubborn coronavirus. Clearly it brings to the fore a lot of inconveniences never experienced before, hurts business and our economy, deters the free movement of people and in extension spreads a lot of anxiety and panic among the populace.

However, we can learn from the experiences of other countries which have felt the brunt of this pandemic over the past months. We can also draw advice from medical experts who insist that limiting the movement of people and staying at home, presents us with the best chance of saving lives and stopping an uncontrollable spread which can quickly reach all corners of the Kingdom.

The measures announced on Monday are now in full force and we expect all EmaSwati and residents of this country to fully comply and abide by them without exception. The irresponsible actions of a few can put all of us in danger. The cost to our economy is high but the health and safety of citizens is paramount.

Currently Eswatini has eight confirmed coronavirus cases and more tests are still pending. The rising number of positive cases is a cause for concern and an indication that we have no option but to be more attentive, tolerant and receptive to all the control and prevention measures that have been put in place.

May I remind EmaSwati that the measures being implemented for the next 20 days include suspending all unnecessary travel within cities, towns, communities and beyond, except for instances of providing or acquiring essential services such as healthcare, food, or banking services. All gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited. Gatherings that meet this requirement are expected to observe proper hygiene standards and social distancing of 1-2 metres is followed, among others.

Borders are closed for non essential travel. Only goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents are allowed movement through the borders. Government will ensure that all essential goods and services continue to be available in the country over the partial lockdown period.  Returning citizens and residents are reminded that they will be subjected to mandatory 14 days quarantine at designated locations except for those who are able to self-isolate. More specifically, may I strongly advise citizens returning from South Africa and other high risk countries to immediately self quarantine for 14 days without exception. During the self quarantine they should avoid physical contact with family members and stay alone in well ventilated rooms.

Government has instructed employers to allow as many as possible employees to work from home. Over the week, several Ministers offered guidelines of what is expected from both employers and employees for the duration of this partial lockdown period.  Essential businesses should continue operating at full strength with proper adherence to hygiene standards and all the relevant measures of social distancing that will protect employees from the pandemic. A list of essential services has already been published by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade and includes health, banking, security, energy, water services, media and others. The full list is available in the Government website or you can call the free toll number 8001002.

Businesses that are not included in the list of essential services are expected to scale down their operations and, most importantly, meet the appropriate health and hygiene standards, failing which they risk closure. We continue to engage business to cushion the effects of this partial lockdown on their businesses, and more especially, to ensure full compliance to the partial lockdown measures.

Government continues to engage all other relevant sectors as we implement the response strategies to this pandemic. This also includes Parliament.

I am happy to report that Parliament has passed Coronavirus regulations that will enforce adherence to both the National Emergency declaration actions and the partial lockdown measures. Security forces are already on the ground ensuring compliance with the regulations and have the powers to disperse gatherings of more than 20 people and enforce processes that will lead to litigation of defaulters. Chiefs, traditional authorities and community police will lead the way in ensuring total compliance in communities.

Government has completed setting up the necessary structures to fast track implementation of the National Response to the outbreak of the COVID 19. These structures which include the Inter-Ministerial Emergency Management Committee, National Emergency Task Force and the Technical working group have already started intervening on behalf of government. Regional Administration Offices have also activated regional disaster management teams to the lowest level of administration to raise awareness on coronavirus and improve preparedness and prevention of the scourge. Together with the security forces, these committees have made a network across the country that is well coordinated.

Regional Administrators are working with Chiefs and traditional authorities to raise awareness at community level as well as to protect families from contracting the virus. The Resource mobilization Committee has started receiving donations for the National Response. These resources are being put into good use. Hand washing facilities have been provided to most municipalities and to key government institutions.

Delivery of important health equipment and material is continuing and more orders have been placed to meet the need.  

Government through the Ministry of Health continues to respond the COVID 19 outbreak through the implementation of a Health response plan.

Surveillance of the condition has been boosted by the recruitment of more officers in the environmental health sector who shall continue manning ports of entry including working together with the security forces. Thermal scanners have been added and more are still awaited to ensure adequate coverage.

The Ministry of Health is intensifying contact tracing to provide information on the cases to be followed and monitor the development of symptoms to inform need for testing. Training of health care workers who are in the frontline is ongoing. This partial lockdown is very essential to break the transmission of the virus. Disruption of the spread of the virus will go a long way into defeating this global pandemic.

It is therefore crucial to re-emphasize the need to adhere to restrictions of the partial lockdown particularly with reference to limiting movement to only essential travel. Every citizen and resident is urged to abide by the measures to ensure that the country contains the spread of the virus. We must acknowledge the thousands of citizens who have taken these restrictions in their stride.

May I also take this opportunity to emphasize that His Majesty King Mswati III has declared tomorrow, Saturday 28 March 2020, a fasting day and Sunday, a National Prayer day.  We expect all EmaSwati across all faiths to join in the fasting and prayer as we seek the guidance of the Almighty God to help us sail through this challenge faced by the nation and the world. It is through prayer that God protects us from all challenges. The Book of Philippians 4:6-7 tells that, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need with a thankful heart: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” May I thank Their Majesties for leading the charge to come closer to God.

This pandemic has presented us with the opportunity to act in common purpose in order to protect each other as EmaSwati, but not to panic. It is not the time to spread false information on social media. We have no reason to panic if we are responsible and follow all the guidelines as provided for by Government and the World Health Organisation.

As we observe the partial lockdown and restrict unnecessary movement and stay at home, let us remember to follow the precautionary guidelines as provided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. These include:

  • Our home environment should be kept clean and safe and all high touch surfaces must be disinfected regularly.
  • Wash hands with running water and soap or use alcohol based sanitisers.
  • Stop shaking hands and use other non touch methods of greeting.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from each other.
  • Avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes) and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Take care of the vulnerable, especially senior citizens and those with underlying respiratory conditions who are more susceptible to the coronavirus infection.
  • If you experience flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough, high temperature) visit your nearest health centre facility or call the Emergency Medical Services Toll free line 977.

Thank you.

Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini

PRIME MINISTER

27 March 2020

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT 

COVID-19 RESPONSE ADDITIONAL MEASURES

His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama has commanded Government to introduce a partial lockdown on selected sectors of the economy to curtail the spread of coronavirus with effect from 27 March 2020. His Majesty emphasises that the economy must continue to be strong and robust to ensure that the partial lockdown does not ground the Kingdom.

The increasing number of confirmed cases in the country calls for all of us to be vigilant and responsible in all our actions in order to quickly turn the tide against this rampaging virus. His Majesty has therefore commanded that the King’s birthday Resource Mobilisation Committee should now fundraise for COVID-19.

Through the counsel of His Majesty, Government has established Emergency coordination structures that will implement the COVID-19 Emergency Plan. These committees include a Cabinet sub-committee, Emergency Task Force, Regional and Sector Committees. They have now hit the ground running, working on effective response measures to contain the spread of the virus across our communities. May I pass my gratitude to the Deputy Prime Minister and all members of these committees for their devotion and dedication to this cause. I applaud all EmaSwati who continue to heed to health precautions to combat coronavirus and adhere to measures introduced by Government to curb the spread of this pandemic. My gratitude all goes to all the companies that have poured in resources to support the fight against COVID-19.

The partial lockdown that is being introduced today entails the following:

  1. From Friday 27 March 2020, for 20 days, all unnecessary movements and visits outside the perimeters of your home or residence are restricted except to provide or acquire essential services such as healthcare, food, or banking services, and for the personnel performing such services.
  2. We encourage all employers to allow as many employees as possible to work from home.
  3. Essential Industries are expected to continue operating while observing the proper hygiene standards that will protect employees from the pandemic. Government will engage further to ensure that proper hygiene measures are complied with. The Ministry of Commerce will provide guidance on which industries fall under essential services.
  4. Following the announcement by the South African Government of a lockdown, Government advises that only goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents will be allowed through our borders. Returning citizens and residents will be subjected to a mandatory 14 days quarantine at designated locations except for those who are able to self-isolate.
  5. Non essential travel between towns, cities and regions of the country is not permitted, except for medical reasons or to provide or acquire essential services. Transport of food and goods will be allowed.
  6. Employers need to ensure that worker density in the workplace is not more than one person per square metre. Employers are expected to provide facilities for employees to wash their hands before entering the workplace, every two hours and upon leaving the workplace.
  7. Electronic payments and online banking services should be used, where possible, rather than physically visiting banks or ATMs. Elderly grants shall be disbursed through electronic payment system henceforth.
  8. Public transport will only operate for essential movement and with one (1) meter distance between passengers.
  9. All bars are closed. Bottle stores will be allowed to operate from 11am – 6pm on Mondays to Saturdays. Police will be vigilant in closing illegal drinking spots and shebeens.
  10. In all food outlets and banks, the public is restricted to 20 individuals and a distance of 1-2 meters between each other.
  11. All public gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited. For purpose of this paragraph, public gatherings include but not limited to: religious activities, sports events, conferences, wedding celebrations, music concerts, parties, gymnasiums, or other activities or place where the public gathers.
  12. Food and goods will be allowed across borders
  13. The army and the police will be deployed to ensure compliance with all these measures. Chiefs and traditional authorities will take a leading role in enforcing these measures in their communities.
  14. Government is fast tracking regulations that will enforce stiff penalties on would be defaulters.

Government fully understands that the global spread of COVID-19 has caused anxiety and, in some instances, panic. May I appeal that we all take this threat seriously and follow international best practice and advice from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to slow the spread of the virus. We must avoid unnecessary panic as the situation will be normalised if each citizen continues to play their role and abide by these measures and health precautions.

Government understands that the introduction of these measures may cause some inconvenience, and hurt the economy but the safety and health of all EmaSwati is the ultimate priority. Government is working closely with the private sector to find solutions to mitigate the negative impact of this pandemic on business.  May I strongly warn against overpricing of goods and services by retailers at this time. His Majesty views these tough times as an opportunity for EmaSwati to work towards self sufficiency and sustainability in food production, energy and other products.

Once again, I would like to emphasize that all of us should follow the precautionary guidelines as provided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. These include:

  • Keeping the home environment clean and safe and disinfecting all high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Stop shaking hands and use other non touch methods of greeting.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from each other.
  • Wash hands regularly with running water and soap or use alcohol based sanitisers.
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes) and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Take care of the vulnerable, especially senior citizens and those with underlying respiratory conditions who are more susceptible to the coronavirus infection.
  • If you experience flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough, high temperature) visit your nearest health centre facility or call the Emergency Medical Services Toll free line 977.

This is a time to unite to fight this common enemy. EmaSwati should admonish each each other to ensure compliance with all the measures announced by Government.

May I assure the nation that Government is committed to emerge victorious against this health threat and all necessary resources are directed to the efforts of accelerating our response. I further appeal to the public to rely on credible information that will be disseminated by Government through established communication channels and through the media and reject misinformation from any other source, especially social media.

Government appreciate the guidance and counsel we continue to receive from His Majesty the King as we continue to tackle this pandemic.

Thank you.

Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini

PRIME MINISTER

24 March 2020

COVID-19   PRESS STATEMENTS

PRIME MINISTER PRESS STATEMENTS

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OFFICE  PRESS STATEMENTS

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER  Press Statement COVID-19- 28 March 2020

MINISTRY OF HEALTH  PRESS STATEMENTS

MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY PRESS STATEMENTS

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENTS

MINISTRY OF FINANCE  PRESS STATEMENTS

MINISTRY OF SPORTS YOUTH & CULTURE PRESS STATEMENTS

Ministry Of Sports Youth & Culture Press Statement COVID-19- 27 March 2020

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE  PRESS STATEMENTS

Ministry Of Public Service Press Statement COVID-19- 25 March 2020

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE & CONSTITUATIONAL  AFFAIRS  PRESS STATEMENTS

Ministry Of Justice The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulations  2020  

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORT  PRESS STATEMENTS

Ministry Of  Public Works & Transport  Press Statement  COVID-19- 29  March 2020

NATURAL RESOURCES  PRESS STATEMENT

Ministry Of Natural Resources & Energy Press Statement  COVID-19- 31st March 2020

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

COAT OF ARMS

PRIME MINISTER’S STATEMENT 

NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATION STRUCTURES

Following the command by His Majesty King Mswati III and Ingwenyama to declare the outbreak of coronavirus as a National Emergency, Government has extensively consulted to roll out the relevant structures that will implement the National Emergency Plan. These include a National Emergency Management Committee (Cabinet sub-committee) that will be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and a National Emergency Task team that will operationalise the implementation of the Response plans.

Members of the National Emergency Management Committee are the following;

1. Deputy Prime Minister – Chairman
2. Minister of Public Works and Transport
3. Minister of Finance
4. Minister of Economic Planning and Development
5. Minister of Health
6. Minister of Commerce Industry & Trade
7. Minister of Agriculture
8. Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development
9. Minister of Tourism and Environment
10.Minister of Natural Resources & Energy
11. Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

The Members of the National Emergency Management Committee are tasked with the following responsibilities, among others:

• Coordinate National and Regional Emergency management measures at Cabinet level;
• Provide Cabinet oversight of the National Emergency Management Task Force;
• Act as the interface between the Government and the international community regarding emergency management and assistance matters.

Government has furthermore appointed a National Emergency Task Force, comprised of members of different sectors of society to implement National and Regional Emergency Plans and Procedures, and Coordinate preparedness and response activities. Other duties of the Task Team include the following:

• Establishing and directing the policy of the National Emergency Management Secretariat with respect to planning, organizing, equipment, training, administration and operations;
• Enlisting suitable persons to be volunteers in the coronavirus response;
• Inspecting at regular intervals, resources for preparedness and response activity;
• Mount multi-organizational exercises as may be necessary to test emergency plans and procedures.

Members of the Task Team are:

1. Army Commander – General Jeffery Tshabalala
2. National Commissioner of Police – Mr. William Dlamini
3. Commissioner General Correctional Services – Ms. Phindile Dlamini
4. Chief Ndzabankhulu Simelane
5. Hhohho RA – Her Royal Highness Princess Tsandzile
6. Manzini RA – Chief Prince Gija Dlamini
7. Lubombo RA - Mr. Themba Msibi
8. Shiselweni RA – Dr. Vincent Mhlanga
9. King’s Office – Mbongeni Simelane
10.Deputy Prime Minister’s Office Principal Secretary – Mr. Makhosini Mndawe
11.Ministry of Agriculture Principal Secretary- Mr. Bongani Masuku
12. Ministry of Education Principal Secretary– Mr. Bertram Stewart
13. Ministry of Tinkhundla Principal Secretary– Ms Nonhlanhla Dlamini
14. Ministry of Health Principal Secretary – Dr. Simon Zwane
15. World Health Organization’s – Dr. Cornelia Atsyo
16. Baphalali Eswatini Red Cross Society – Mr. Danger Nhlabatsi
17. UNICEF Country Representativce – Mr. Fshin Parsi
18. CANGO Director – Mr. Emmanuel Ndlangamandla
19. NERCHA National Director – Mr. Khanya Mabuza
20. Conference of Churches – Bishop Steven Masilela
21. FESBC – Mr. Tum Du Pont
22. Business Eswatini - Mr. Andrew Le Roux
23. National Youth Council – Ms. Baphelele Masilela
24. League of Churches – Bishop Samson Hlatjwako
25. Council of Churches – Reverend Magongo
26. World Vision National Director – Mr. Francis Dube
27. Deputy Prime Minister’s Office – Mrs. Zandile Mavuso
28. National Disaster Managament Agency – Mr. Russell Dlamini

There will be Regional Committees to be chaired by Regional Administrators and various Sector Committees that will coordinate the response and implementation plan.

The Deputy Prime Minister will also be responsible for chairing the Task Force ensuring it implements emergency plans throughout all the regions of the Kingdom to reach every community.

May I emphasize the need for all of us to work with vigour and determination as we undertake this significant assignment of ensuring that the spread of coronavirus outbreak is curtailed in our Kingdom. I expect all of you to execute this responsibility with the seriousness it deserves.

Government wishes to thank all EmaSwati who have rallied behind all efforts to fight this virus. We can assure the public that Government remains committed to ensuring that all citizens and residents are protected from this global pandemic, including our health workers.

It cannot be over-emphasized that all of us should follow the precautionary guidelines as provided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. These include:
• Keeping the home environment clean and safe and disinfecting all high touch surfaces regularly..
• Stop shaking hands and use other none touch methods of greeting.
• Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from each other.
• Wash hands regularly with running water and soap or use alcohol based sanitisers
• Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes) and cover coughs and sneezes.
• Take care of the vulnerable, especially senior citizens and those with underlying respiratory conditions who are more susceptible to the coronavirus infection.
• If you experience flu like symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, cough, high temperature) visit your nearest health centre facility or call the Emergency Medical Services Toll free line 977.

Thank you.

Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini
PRIME MINISTER

19 March 2020

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