Covid-19 updates: Parol for 19 000 prisoners, DA rejects lockdown

Covid-19 updates: Parol for 19 000 prisoners, DA rejects lockdown

Friday saw President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that nearly 19 000 prisoners will be paroled in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19 in SA jails. explores this story and other top updates.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the release of nearly 19 000 prisoners and the DA has rebelled against the continued lockdown. provides a summary of the latest events as the nation endures the Covid-19 pandemic.

1. Covid-19: Western Cape experiences 11 deaths, 87 total fatalities

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has painted a grim portrait of the situation in his province on Friday.

Winde confirmed that the province has recorded 11 new Covid-19 victims, with the death toll climbing to 87.

Amongst the deceased is Ntombizakithi Ngidi, a nurse at Tygerberg Hospital explained Winde.

“This is the second nurse we have lost to Covid-19 in the province, following the death last week of Petronella Benjamin, who was one day away from her retirement."

2. Covid-19: Ramaphosa allows nearly 19 000 prisoners to go on parole

President Cyril Ramaphosa has allowed certain prisoners to be placed on parole as part of the efforts to combat Covid-19.

In a statement issued by the presidency on Friday, it was explained that reducing the number of prisoners in the system could help limit infections.

"The President has taken this step in response to a call by the United Nations to all countries to reduce prison populations so that social distancing and self-isolation conditions can be observed during this period. In South Africa, as in many other countries, correctional facilities have witnessed outbreaks of coronavirus infections among inmates and personnel."

3. Covid-19: Steenhuisen slams lockdown, calls for it to be lifted

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen has called for the current Covid-19 national lockdown to end.

The opposition leader says he is withdrawing support of President Cyril Ramaphosa's lockdown and levied criticism against it instead.

“The real tragedy playing out here is no longer the coronavirus, but the lockdown itself because this lockdown is going to cost many more lives than it can possibly save."

Steenhuisen insists that there is simply nothing to be gained by keeping the current plan of action.

“This is a hard truth to speak and it is even harder to hear. But it must be spoken. We have to end the lockdown crisis, and we have to do it now. There is very little for us to gain and almost everything to lose by keeping people at home and keeping businesses shut any longer."

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