COVID-19: SA death toll revised to 1

COVID-19: SA death toll revised to 1

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday said that his department has made "clinical observations that are of concern", as total confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa passed the 1 000-mark. Tonight you begin the most important mission of your calling as soldiers, to give life to the people of south Africa and for that reason I say your mission is to restore the lives of the people of South Africa.

The disease is particularly risky to people with underlying health conditions, Mkhize warned South Africans according to IOL. Humanitarian corridors might be needed as well, she said.

"South Africa, like many other countries, is seized with containing the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19)", the National Treasury said.

He again appealed to all South Africans to obey the law and do what's best for the country.

"Some of us spent time with the ground forces that were implementing and enforcing the law", he said. Police officers also set up roadblocks on major highways leading out of Johannesburg to Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and the North West province, he told the briefing.

Many complaints of taxis not complying to the 60% capacity rule as instituted by the government were received on the first day of lockdown. "We are intensifying the offensive", said Mkhize.

The minister also warned about an increase in the rate of internal transmissions, as patients without a history of worldwide travel have been detected in many provinces.

"Data cleaning is required to conduct deduplication of contents and to correct details of patients in order to determine the most effective public health intervention", it said.

He ended by sending them out to their mission, with the intention that after 21 days the country would have begun to bounce back; the people could begin to get their lives back and the economy could come to life again.

Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said some South Africans are co-operating but others simply are not.

Initially, the SANDF were to be deployed to Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN but it had since been decided that the troops would be visible throughout the country. Her immediate family was also tested, and they are also negative.

South African police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown on Saturday fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg, an AFP photographer said.

In Mpumalanga, a medical doctor who had also travelled for a holiday overseas returned to the Province with symptoms which emerged a few days after he returned.

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