The first full week of lockdown has begun in South Africa, with numerous challenges reported as citizens and law enforcement alike attempt to adjust. Briefly.co.za explores six of the latest updates on the current situation.
The SANDF has called upon Reserve Force Members to answer the call to arms as the coronavirus continues to spread in South Africa. In a statement on this development, the Department of Defence urged members to apply:
"The SANDF appreciates the willingness of the Reserve Force members to serve South Africa in her hour of need after the announcement on Saturday that the Department of Defence is calling up members from the Reserve Force to compliment the already deployed SANDF in the fight against the Covid-19 virus in line with the National Disaster Management Act."
Deputy President David Mabuza has revealed his results after citizens raised concerns over his coronavirus status. In a statement on the situation, the politician confirmed that he has indeed tested negative:
"Noting the interest of the public in the status of Deputy President Mabuza, the South African National Defence Force and the Office of the Deputy President has resolved that it is in the public interest to assure all South Africans that the Deputy President tested negative for Covid-19."
Politicians are up in arms over the misconduct on display by members of both the South African Police Service and SA National Defence Force. Despite clear regulations put into place by the government, authorities have seemingly taken it into their hands to impose restrictions as they see fit.
From harassing citizens in the safety of their own homes to preventing companies with permits from operating and more extreme shows of violence, the situation seems to be getting out of hand.
The Western Cape Health Department has issued a public appeal to stop using gloves and masks.
The department warned that these particular items have a risk of further spreading the coronavirus if not properly used.
Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of the department, warned that people who are not sick and have not been in contact with people infected with the virus don't need to wear the protective gear:
"We saw that people are wearing masks and actually that could put them in more danger if they do. If you wear a mask and you don't need it then you fiddle with the mask all the time and you touch your face frequently and the face is the area where most of the infection gets through to the body so it puts you at risk."
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that he is grateful to have some good news in the midst of the national lockdown. In his weekly letter to South Africa, Ramaphosa discussed the success of the mission to bring citizens home from China:
"Yesterday, I was in Polokwane to meet the 114 South Africans who were evacuated from Wuhan in China two weeks ago. They have ended their quarantine and are finally going home to be with their families. They have all tested negative for the virus and are in good health and good spirits."
Alexandra has confirmed the informal settlements first case of the coronavirus on Monday.
The sprawling Gauteng region has numerous citizens living in confined spaces, raising concerns that the virus could rapidly spread.
Newzroom Afrika reported the first case in the informal settlement, with health authorities on high alert as a result.
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