Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 927 vases in total. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the situation.
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen by 218 to 927 on Thursday.
This revelation comes just hours before South Africa goes into national lockdown in a bid to control the continued spread of the virus.
Briefly.co.za explores the highlights from the current situation:
1. Coronavirus: Ramaphosa calls for day of prayer on eve of lockdown
At midnight on Thursday South Africa will enter a 21-day lockdown to attempt to limit the potentially devastating impact of the coronavirus.
South Africans were called to stand together and take action as one united, patriotic nation in solidarity with all those who have been affected by the outbreak:
“These are challenging times. We are traversing a path we have never travelled before. There are many amongst us who are fearful, uncertain and vulnerable. I call on our people to offer a prayer and a thought for the protection and healing of our land and its people from this disease."
2. Coronavirus: President Cyril Ramaphosa tests negative for virus
President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the coronavirus amid the local outbreak. In a statement released by the Presidency, it emerged that concerns had been raised leading up to the test:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The President submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday 24th March 2020 and received his results last night."
3. Coronavirus: Local Whatsapp system to be used globally by WHO
The World Health Organization intends to reach a minimum of 50 million people with a WhatsApp information service. The service was put into place in South Africa and enjoyed such immense success that it will now be implemented globally. It employs artificial intelligence to provide information on the virus including symptoms and where to get tested.
4. Coronavirus lockdown: EFF vows to visit businesses who don't comply
The Economic Freedom Fighters intend to make it very difficult for businesses operating illegally during the 21-day lockdown.
The party called on both branches and members to pay a visit to SA Breweries among many others to ensure they comply with the order.
The EFF is adamant that the company is not providing an essential service and would, therefore, shut down during the period that begins on Thursday evening:
"We call on all EFF Regions to visit the South African Brewery (SAB) firms within their region and ensure they are shutdown. SAB does not provide an essential service and as such should adhere to the rules of the National Lockdown."
5. Coronavirus lockdown: Curfews in place, ban on alcohol and cigarettes
As of midnight on Thursday, South Africa will be entering into a national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This motion will change the nation's landscape for a period of 21-days and the regulations put into place will be enforced by both the police and the South African National Defense Force. Citizens will have access to bare essentials and curfews have been imposed on public transport.
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