Coronavirus: Cases at 1 749 with 13 deaths, Cele hints at extension

Coronavirus: Cases at 1 749 with 13 deaths, Cele hints at extension

From Minister Bheki Cele is hinting that a lockdown extension may be on the cards to another minister allegedly flouting the regulations, Day 12 of the lockdown has been hectic. explores 5 of the latest updates on the situation.

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africa on the current situation.

Speaking during a media briefing, the minister confirmed the latest coronavirus statistics:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases is 1749. There is also another death, bringing the total to 13 deaths. It was a male who had stage 4 prostate cancer at Parklands Hospital. We convey our condolences to the family of the deceased."

1. Coronavirus: Cele says an extension on lockdown is a possibility

Police Minister Bheki Cele hasn't ruled out the possibility of the current 21-day national lockdown being extended as SA continues to fight against the coronavirus.

Speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday, Cele highlighted ensuring people were safe as the government's first priority:

"People are asking, can we go beyond the lockdown? Anything is possible. We are on the twelfth day today, the next few days are going to determine which direction we are taking. We would wish to go back to normal life as fast as we can, but we wish to go back with people alive."

2. Ramaphosa steps in after minister allegedly breaks lockdown rules

Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has allegedly been caught red-handed breaking the current coronavirus lockdown regulations.

In an Instagram post, Ndabeni-Abrahams was seen wining and dining during a gathering with a fellow politician who posted the picture.

It seems that President Cyril Ramaphosa was already made aware of the situation, commenting during a media briefing that:

"I have seen the picture of Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams sitting at the luncheon with a number of friends and other people. I have asked her to come and see me, so she is going to come to see me and I am going to have a discussion with her about the impact of visuals like those on what we are trying to do."

3. Coronavirus: Zwelinzima Vavi thankful after release from hospital

South African Federation of Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has headed home following his coronavirus ordeal.

Commenting on his improved condition, Vavi was positive a full recovery is on the cards:

"I was discharged from hospital! Resting at home now but still in isolation. Will test on Monday but I remain positive that victory is certain!"

4. Coronavirus: Man behind fake viral video arrested in Western Cape

The 55-year-old man who posted a video making a number of false claims over coronavirus testing kits has been arrested.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, who confirmed that man was arrested on Monday and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police officials from the Parow police station in Cape Town caught up with the man, with Peters commenting

"The arrest relates to a video disseminated through various social media platforms purporting contamination of Covid-19 test kits."

5. Coronavirus: Mkhize's message for SA as cases hit 1 686, 12 fatalities

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has informed South Africa of the latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

In a statement released by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed an increase in the number of infections, commenting that:

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 686. This is an increase of 31 from the previously reported cases."

In a message to Mzansi, Mkhize said that the nation will overcome if we all are unified in our goal:

“Each one of us must make this a personal fight to save our nation. Stay calm, focused and courageous. Stay at home. Practice hygiene and distancing. Together, we will overcome."

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