SANDF could mobilise as infection projection rates cause concern

SANDF could mobilise as infection projection rates cause concern

- The South African army might be deployed to institute a lockdown

- Currently, there are no plans yet for a lockdown but the army has been placed on standby

- The infection rate projections paint a grim picture

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Rumours of a lockdown have been circulating and adding to this are reports that all leave has been cancelled for the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and members have been told to report to their units according to City Press.

The Sunday Times reported that the army might be deployed to patrol the streets if a lockdown is ordered. A similar situation already exists in Spain.

However, senior military officials have told the Sunday Times that they do not have the necessary materials or personnel to carry out a full lockdown.

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Briefly.co.za learned that SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini has said that the SANDF was waiting for orders from the president and the multi-disciplinary team, leading government's response.

The infection rate could be as high as 40% which would result in anywhere from 87 900 to 351 000 deaths from the virus and possibly cause the healthcare system to collapse.

In other news, Cuba has mobilised a crack team of doctors and nurses to help fight the virus in Italy.

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The Caribbean island is known for sending its medical teams out to help out in other parts of the world, teams have been sent for battle cholera in Haiti, ebola in West Africa in the 2010's.

However, this is the first time that Cuba will send a team to one of the richest countries in the world. This is the 6th medical team Cuba has dispatched in the last few weeks, with previous teams heading out to its neighbours in Jamaica, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Suriname and Grenada.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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