Coronavirus: 5 Updates on the current pandemic in South Africa

Coronavirus: 5 Updates on the current pandemic in South Africa

The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown has been dominating South African headlines. has compiled a list of all the latest updates on the situation.

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1. Coronavirus: Mkhize announces 709 confirmed cases ahead of lockdown

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a spike in new coronavirus cases with the total rising to 709.

The minister indicated that there are still no fatalities as a result of the outbreak, with only two citizens recovering in ICU. The minister also revealed that there remains no evidence that people who take ibuprofen worsen the condition, which is a story doing the rounds on social media.

2. Coronavirus: Restaurants, bars, take-away joints to close for lockdown

South Africans will be disappointed to learn that their favourite takeaway joints, restaurants and eateries will be closed for the next three weeks.

This comes as the nation prepares to enter into a 21-day lockdown period set to begin on Thursday evening.

Only truly essential services such as supermarkets, hospitals, banks, tuck shops and pharmacies will be allowed to operate during this time.

3. Covid-19: Man facing attempted murder after failing to quarantine

A 52-year-old man who thought he could evade fallout for his alleged irresponsible behaviour has been taken into custody.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo has confirmed a case of attempted murder is being investigated by Ladysmith SAPS.

The man had allegedly tested positive for the coronavirus but had returned to work instead of self-quarantine:

"The same man travelled to various countries to South Africa. On his return on March 18, he was tested positive with the Covid-19 and was instructed to self-quarantine for at least 14 days pending the blood results. However, the allegedly continued with his business and in doing so disregarded the instructions by a doctor thus allegedly contravening regulations in terms of the National Disaster Act pertaining to the Covid-19 virus. The 52-year-old suspect was arrested and removed to a hospital where he is currently being treated."

4. Malema on walking dogs during lockdown: Rubbish won't be tolerated

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize recently told Mzansi that citizens would be allowed to go for jogs and even walk their dogs.

This recent comment from the minister riled Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema, who took to social media to slam the notion:

"I hear some people will be allowed to walk dogs, just don't try us, please. We support the government's intervention, but rubbish won't be tolerated."

5. Coronavirus: Shoprite pays staff R102m in bonuses ahead of lockdown

The coronavirus has started changing people's perspective on staff that many often take for granted.

An example of this is cashiers who have emerged as one of the most vital professions in light of the impending lockdown.

Shoprite, in the spirit of thanking employees ahead of this crucial period for SA's future, has announced a R102 million once-off bonus for staff in shops and distribution centres.

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