Coronavirus: Minister Mkhize announces 1 380 confirmed cases

Coronavirus: Minister Mkhize announces 1 380 confirmed cases

- Day 6 of the current national lockdown in South Africa has seen the loss of celebrated scientist Professor Gita Ramjee

- Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has also indicated his disappointment after schools refused to help house the homeless

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that the latest figures sees cases rising to 1 380

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are currently 1 380 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa.

Mkhize was speaking during the launch of 60 specialised testing units, which will be deployed across the country in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.

Responding to concerns over his health, the minister assured citizens explores 5 of the latest updates on the situation:

1. Coronavirus: Renowned SA HIV scientist Gita Ramjee passes away

South Africa has lost the life of an influential, decorated and celebrated scientist, Professor Gita Ramjee.

President and CEO of the SA Medical Research Council, Professor Glenda Gray, confirmed that Ramjee had passed away after contracting the coronavirus. Ramjee was world-renowned and worked relentlessly to find ways of preventing the spread of HIV, especially in women.

2. Coronavirus: Lesufi slams schools after snubbing plan for homeless

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed Gauteng school governing bodies.

This comes after plans to temporarily house homeless citizens in hostels amid the coronavirus outbreak. Lesufi questioned why the SGBs had refused his initial solution to the province's dire need for shelter.

3. ATM calls for clarity on Ramaphosa's 'misleading' Oppenheimer comments

The African Transformation Movement has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to clarify 'misleading' information.

The political party demands that Ramaphosa should discuss the donations made by the Oppenheimer and Rupert families.

The Solidarity Fund is not playing out how he said it would and ATM wants answers.

4. Health Minister Mkhize: Coronavirus is spreading slower than predicted

The deadly coronavirus is spreading slower than predicted in South Africa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has said.

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."

5. Mining forum boss slams R37m Zimbabwe fence project: What a joke!

Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille announced a R37 million project to construct a fence between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

This project had formed part of her department's response to the coronavirus pandemic in SA. However, the work done so far has not gone a long way to instil confidence.

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