- Khayelitsha has officially become the first Western Cape township to confirm a coronavirus case
- The province overall has reported 310 coronavirus cases, with Khayelitsha its largest informal settlement
- This case has seen the SAPS and SANDF clamping down in the region amid the current lockdown
Khayelitsha, the Western Cape's largest township, has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.
With the province recording 310 cases and its first death, the situation is a massive cause for concern.
A highly dense population and cramped living quarters make social distancing nearly impossible for many residents. With a lack of basic infrastructure, even washing hands regularly poses a challenge.
News24 reports that both police officials and members of the South African National Defence Force have conducted a walk-through of the region to ensure the current lockdown regulations are being followed.
Briefly.co.za reported that Madeliene van Wyk, a 48-year-old Sanlam employee, had been revealed as the first fatality in the Western Cape and South Africa overall.
Citizens roaming the streets were told to go home and drivers were stopped to check for permits, the capacity of the vehicles checked in addition to this.
Speaking to personnel ahead of the operation, Police Minister Bheki Cele encouraged officials:
"I send you, I instruct you to go and fight the war against the enemy that we can't see. For your information, even if you thought that it is not an African phenomenon, it has begun to kill people here at home, and here in this city, so it kills."
Cele emphasised that there is currently no cure or vaccine against the virus that has taken hold in Mzansi:
"These are waters that we have never been before, new territories, hard for all of us, hard for the communities, hard for the society, hard for ourselves as the officers who implement the things we have never seen before... The crux of the matter is we're trying to prevent a disaster, a catastrophe."
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