Coronavirus: Some lockdown rules relaxed, stern warnings abound

Coronavirus: Some lockdown rules relaxed, stern warnings abound

- South Africa has been under lockdown for a full week already, but numerous experts warn this could be the quiet before the storm

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize noted that the lockdown had slowed the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, but that the worst may still be on its way

- This comes as the total number of confirmed cases in SA rose to , with fatalities

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South Africa has concluded the 7th day of the national coronavirus lockdown and the outlook seems grim.

A recent inter-ministerial briefing saw numerous regulations relaxed with citizen now allowed to apply for permission to travel across provincial lines to attend funerals, however, the 50 person limit remains in place.

The ban on informal traders has been provisionally lifted, with those who sell essential goods advised to apply for the relevant permits.

1. Deputy police minister: Lockdown will be extended if people fail to follow regulations

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.

2. Coronavirus: SAFTU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tests positive

South African Federation of Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Vavi revealed that he had sought out testing multiple times after his flu-like symptoms failed to go away. Testing for the first time over the weekend, Vavi was told his temperature was completely normal. However, the symptoms continued for days, resulting in Vavi demanding yet another test on Wednesday.

3. Malema: State must be firm in Covid-19 lockdown - Millions will die

Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has made his position on the current lockdown measures crystal clear.

Malema signalled his displeasure at the seemingly flexible restrictions put into place during the current 21-day nationwide lockdown in South Africa.

In a post to social media, Malema warned that the fallout from the regulations being negotiable will be immense and that civilian fatalities will skyrocket:

"If the state is not going to be firm and not negotiate with any non-essential sector of the economy for relaxation of lockdown regulations, this lockdown will collapse, barbarism will emerge and the deadly coronavirus will spread like wildfire: millions will die. Stop it, cowards!"

4. Coronavirus: KwaZulu-Natal teacher dies after contracting virus

Both the Department of Education and the South African Democratic Teachers' Union have expressed their sorrow after learning of the passing of a KZN teacher.

Durban's Tholakele Shandu died of Covid-19 complications, according to a statement issued by Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke. Maluleke called on society, urging citizens not to stigmatise those who contract the virus and their families:

"We call on the society to educate those who are still thinking that the virus knows boundaries and conspiracy theories to abide by the rules and regulations as promulgated by the government and stay indoors."

5. Coronavirus: Mkhize warns mortality rate, number of cases could rise

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africans not to relax when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday, Mkhize revealed that he expects the situation to intensify this week.

Along with the increase in positive cases, the minister expects the mortality rate to rise as well.

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