Coronavirus: Cele wants liquor ban to continue, SA hits 1 655 cases

Coronavirus: Cele wants liquor ban to continue, SA hits 1 655 cases

Police Minister Bheki Cele has raised a few eyebrows after he revealed he would prefer the total ban on alcohol to continue past the current lockdown. explores this and other updates as SA's battle against the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has some citizens up in arms after saying he would like the current lockdown to continue past the 21-day lockdown period.

This comes as a South African expert says a cure, not a vaccine, will probably be the remedy to this international crisis. explores five of the latest updates on the current situation:

1. Coronavirus: Zweli Mkhize announces 1 655 cases, 11 fatalities

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest statistics in South Africa's battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Department of Health statement released detailing the newest infection rates, Mkhize confirmed that:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 655. This is an increase of 70 from the previously reported cases."

2. Cele would like to see alcohol restriction extended past lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has made it clear that he won't be backing down on alcohol and cigarette bans during the current lockdown.

Cele indicated that he wished these laws could be extended past the crisis, blaming consumption for the high rate of crime in South Africa.

Cele had revealed violent crimes had seen a significant drop at the beginning of the lockdown, explaining that crimes usually happened leading up to and during the weekend and frequently liquor would play a role.

3. Fact Check: No, test swabs are not infected with coronavirus

A South African man has gone viral after posting a video to social media claiming that coronavirus tests can actually infect you with the virus.

During the video, the unknown citizen claims that the swabs used to test for the virus are infected:

"Do not under any circumstances allow them to test you. There's a possibility that the swabs are contaminated with Covid-19."

The man then goes on to claim the swabs were being used to 'spread' Covid-19 on a global scale without offering up any further explanation or proof to back this allegation up.

4. Coronavirus: Expert says cure may be found before vaccine is ready

The coronavirus pandemic in South Africa is a challenge that numerous countries around the world are currently facing.

The World Health Organisation's solidarity trial is a global collaboration to find a successful treatment against the virus, and SA has signed up to participate.

Professor Jeremy Nel is leading the team of local experts participating in this trial and he says it is more likely that the answer will lie in treatment, not a vaccine.

5. ATM wants Ramaphosa to come clean on Covid-19 chat with Bill Gates

The African Transformation Movement has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to convene an urgent meeting with political party leaders. The party wants Ramaphosa to reveal what he discussed in a meeting with businessman Bill Gates.

ATM president Vuyo Zungula said they wanted to know whether the friendly tennis match earlier this year was a "smokescreen" to a serious meeting between Ramaphosa and Gates about vaccines that were to be piloted on the continent.

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