- Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale has warned that the 21-day lockdown will be extended if citizens continued to violate the lockdown regulations
- He said there would be no other option but to extend the lockdown if the country doesn't manage to flatten the curve of the coronavirus
- There are currently 1 353 confirmed cases of the virus in SA
Government has cautioned that the 21-day national lockdown will have to be extended if the citizens continued to violate the lockdown regulations.
Speaking in Kimberley on Wednesday, Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale warned that the lockdown will be extended if the citizens didn't adhere to the regulations for the remainder of the lockdown period.
He was addressing members of the SAPS, military police and the SANDF. The lockdown came into effect on the early hours of 27 March until 16 April.
IOL reports that Mathale explained that if the country did not manage to "flatten the curve" of the Covid-19 pandemic, there would be "no other option" but to extend the lockdown.
"The regulations are non-negotiable. The virus spreads quickly when people move up and down. South Africans must self-isolate for the remainder of the 21 days, in order to fight the virus."
Mathale told SAPS and SANDF members to "make their presence felt" and to tighten controls to ensure that the public adhered to the regulations, IOL reports.
"We rely on you to go out to the communities and fill the streets. We must assist at the malls, and arrive early so that we can control the queues when social grants are paid out. If we arrive late, we will not be able to regulate and observe social distancing if there are a large gatherings."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the deadly coronavirus is spreading slower than predicted in South Africa.
Five people have succumbed to the virus and 1 353 have been confirmed to be infected in the country.
Mkhize said the spread of the virus was not as rapid as government had expected.
"Looking at the trend we are seeing of the day-to-day new infections, we are cautiously optimistic that we may not see the numbers rising as high as we had initially projected."
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