Covid-19: 1 462 Cases, viral perps arrested and schooling uncertainty

Covid-19: 1 462 Cases, viral perps arrested and schooling uncertainty

South Africa's efforts to fight back against the coronavirus pandemic got some international recognition on Friday. However, with cases at 1 462, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize cautioned that the real fight may still be on its way.

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South Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to over 1 400 on the eighth day of the nation-wide lockdown.

With the current number of infections far below the predicted figures, experts warn that the worst of the crisis could lie in the near future. explores five of the latest updates on the situation:

1. Coronavirus: Minister Mkhize announces cases have risen to 1 462

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa amid a national state of emergency.

In a statement posted by the Ministry of Health, Mkhize revealed that the number of infected citizens has passed the 1 400 mark:

"As at today the total number of Covid-19 positive cases is 1 462, this is an increase of 82 cases. We are still observing that the increase of cases is below what we had initially projected and we believe this is due to the restrictions we have placed on movement and border crossing."

2. Four behind viral clip insulting Bheki Cele released on R1 000 bail

Four citizens have been released on R1 000 bail each after a video went viral on social media, depicting them allegedly insulting Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo confirmed the four suspects will be appearing in court late in June.

The four individuals, Tshiamo Sandra Moroke, Lizzy Modiegi Moabelo, Mmapule Leso and Obakeng Tseremetsa Moima, were taken on over the incident in Stinkwater, North West.

Facing charges of alleged transgressions of the Disaster Management Act and crimen injuria, the group had been seen drinking and taunting the minister.

3. Fact Check: No clarity on schools resuming amid coronavirus crisis

The confusion over when South African schools will reopen has seen individuals seizing the opportunity to spread disinformation. determined that the following claim, posted on social media, was not confirmed by the Department of Education:

“Dear students and candidates, Schools will not reopen on the 14th of April due to rapid increase of the Covid 19. The department will be informing schools that the opening date might be carried to further dates. If cases in South Africa do not decrease, schools will resume again in 2021 and all students will repeat the same class they started this year."

4. Cele: 87 000 gender-based violence calls during first week of lockdown

South African police have received an alarming 87 000 calls relating to gender-based violence in the first seven days of the 21-day national lockdown.

This was revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele at the National Coronavirus Command Council press conference on Thursday evening.

Cele said the police had also arrested more than 2 200 people around the country for violating the lockdown regulations, with more than 700 of the arrests happening in the Western Cape.

5. BBC: South Africa 'ruthlessly efficient' in fight against coronavirus

South Africa's exhaustive efforts to combat the continued spread of the coronavirus have garnered international attention.

The BBC released a report indicating that, in comparison to other countries, SA has been on the ball:

"South Africa seems to have acted faster, more efficiently, and more ruthlessly than many other countries around the world."

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