Coronavirus update: Mass testing campaign launched, cops face charges

Coronavirus update: Mass testing campaign launched, cops face charges

- Day 5 of the coronavirus lockdown saw action being taken against the crooked law enforcement personnel that took advantage of the current crisis

- In addition to this, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a mass screening campaign will be launched to combat the pandemic

- The confirmed cases in South Africa rose to 1 353, with five deaths in total reported

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Monday saw politicians denouncing the excessive use of force against civilians amid the 21-day national lockdown.

With the first two townships in South Africa confirming coronavirus cases, concerns were raised over the continued spread of the virus among the nations most vulnerable. explores 6 of the latest updates on the current situation:

1. Coronavirus: Ramaphosa announces mass national screening drive

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a mass door-to-door coronavirus screen campaign will be launched.

With South Africa recording the highest number of cases on the continent, Ramaphosa revealed the plans to deploy a minimum of 10 000 field workers across the nation.

Commenting on this development, the president told citizens on Monday that:

"We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In the coming days, the government will be rolling out a screening, testing and tracing and medical management programme on a huge scale."

2. Coronavirus: Ramaphosa addresses SA as cases rise to 1 326, 3 deaths

President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to South Africans last night during a relatively short address.

With 1 326 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as well as three related deaths, Ramaphosa issued a warning:

“Some people may think this disease is something that doesn't concern them, and that it will never affect them - that it is something they only read about in newspapers or social media or see reports about on television. But it is very real. And it poses a great danger to every one of us and to our society as well."

3. Coronavirus: Mkhize announces 1 353 confirmed cases, 2 new fatalities

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize provided some insight into the current situation concerning the coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon.

Mkhize revealed that the number of new cases has increased to 1 353 infections, up by 46 cases as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday.

The number of fatalities has increased to 5 with the death of a 79-year-old Gauteng man and a 46-year-old woman announced.

4. Explainer: R1 billion Oppenheimer fund to start helping SA businesses

Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer has established the South African Future Trust in a bid to help rescue local businesses.

The fund will be available from 3 April 2020 and the distribution of loans will be facilitated by Nedbank.

Commenting on the trust, Nedbank shed some light on the function of this relief fund:

“The main aim of the SAFT is to mitigate the immediate economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis by keeping companies in business and protecting jobs, in order to fast track South Africa’s economic recovery after this pandemic. The trust will extend direct financial support to employees of South African Small, Medium and Micro-sized businesses who are at risk of losing their jobs or will suffer a loss of income because of Covid-19.”

5. Coronavirus: Cops facing murder charges relating to lockdown brutality

The number of deaths allegedly at the hands of law enforcement personnel is now equal to the coronavirus fatalities in South Africa.

Police officers are facing three murder charges in addition to other serious counts as a result of alleged use of excessive force.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is probing three murder cases in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

6. EFF slams Tito's 'flirtation' with IMF: State shouldn't take advantage

The Economic Freedom Fighters have rejected 'with contempt' the government's plan to seek out International Monetary Fund and World Bank loans.

In a statement criticizing the move, the political party made it transparent that they were not on board with this intention:

"The EFF rejects Tito Mboweni's flirtations with the IMF and World Bank and strongly caution that such a move will worsen South Africa's socio-economic conditions. It is now indisputable that the involvement of the IMF and World Bank in different countries has led to massive reductions in social expenditure, particularly healthcare, education, social development, housing and salaries of public servants."

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