Coronavirus: President Ramaphosa announces 150 confirmed cases in SA

Coronavirus: President Ramaphosa announces 150 confirmed cases in SA

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 150

- Ramaphosa revealed that South Africa has uncovered 34 new cases since Wednesday

- Meanwhile, Minister Patricia de Lille has identified quarantine sites

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President Cyril Ramaphosa himself has confirmed an increase in coronavirus cases from 116 on Wednesday to 150.

This 34 case increase was noted as Ramaphosa met with faith-based leaders in a bid to garner support in the fight against the outbreak.

The president told those in attendance that the country is united in its action against the pandemic and the belief that prayer will help counter the panic over the virus.

Meanwhile, Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has identified 37 properties across the country which may be used as quarantine sites:

"Some of these sites will be available to people living in informal settlements where there are no such facilities available."

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However, the process is ongoing as part of the rapid response undertaken amid the outbreak with the sites already having been communicated to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize:

"Some of the sites have already been communicated to the Minister of Health. As we confirm that sites can be used as quarantine facilities, they are communicated to the Minister of Health. This process is ongoing."

The minister noted that a fence will be installed at Beitbridge border between SA and Zimbabwe:

"This is to ensure that no undocumented or infected persons cross into the country and vice versa. This is in line with one of the measures announced by the President in that South Africa’s borders and ports are to be secured with immediate effect." reported that COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had recently outlined measures including suspension of visits at prisons, regulations over the distribution of fake news and other efforts to clamp down.

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