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South Africa Imposes U.S., U.K. Travel Ban as Coronavirus Hits Production Hub

South Africa Imposes U.S., U.K. Travel Ban as Coronavirus Hits Production Hub

As the growing coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt film and television production across the globe, the South African industry is bracing for the impact of the virus’s spread as the government announced a raft of emergency measures, including a travel ban on foreign nationals from the U.S. and the U.K.

The ban cast a shadow of uncertainty over one of the world’s leading hubs for international film and television shoot, where studio productions, such as Sony Pictures’ Vin Diesel actioner “Bloodshot,” are a major source of work for local crew, contractors and talent.

Privately some South African producers said they’re racing to make sense of the fast-moving situation and bracing for a wave of interruptions to the thriving production services industry. Others, meanwhile, are showing resolve in the face of an unprecedented crisis.

“Our hope is that everyone will do their best to keep safe,

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