Army deployed as South Africans begin three-week quarantine


IN THE PAPERS, Friday March 27: We take a look at reactions to Spanish King Felipe's visit to a Madrid emergency hospital. Plus, South Africa begins a three-week confinement period.


Spain's King Felipe VI donned a mask and gloves to visit civil and military staff working at an emergency hospital in Madrid on Thursday and his visit is the focus of a lot of the Spanish press. The Madrid-based paper ABC echoes the king's words that the facility is a source of hope for the Spanish people. His visit came as the death toll in Spain surpassed 4,000. Another paper, La Vanguardia, sees a glimmer of hope in the slight slowing down of new cases in the past days. The paper warns, though, that the virus has not yet hit its peak in the country.

Meanwhile, South Africa has begun a "21 day lockdown", as the Sowetan says on its front page. The army has been deployed to maintain order, with President Cyril Ramaphosa telling them yesterday that they are fighting an invisible enemy. Finally, the South African paper Citizen has a great front page with no headline but an illustration that says it all, depicting that 21-day lockdown. And a great editorial from the paper with just three words for its readers: STAY AT HOME.

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