President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned citizens that Covid-19 is here to stay, while Minister Bheki Cele hinted that Level 3 may well be loading. Briefly.co.za explores the top updates on the situation.
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On Monday President Cyril Ramaphosa warned South Africa that lockdown may well be a new reality.
Briefly.co.za explores the top news updates as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Covid-19 update: Cases spike to 10 652, over 200 deaths, SA reacts
As soon as the first positive case for Covid-19 was confirmed, it was always inevitable that the infection rate would increase.
However, the number of infections and deaths have risen sharply over the last few days.
As Briefly.co.za previously reported, the number of new infections recorded on Saturday hit 525 cases, pushing the total up to 9 420.
On Monday, Mkhize confirmed this total has now risen to 10 652, with more than 206 fatalities.
2. Covid-19: Bheki Cele hints Level 3 lockdown may soon be implemented
Level 3 lockdown allows for the sale of liquor between certain hours and under strict regulations.
Police Minister Bheki Cele says that the committee overseeing the regulations of the current lockdown is contemplating the possibility of relaxing the lockdown from Level 4 to Level 3.
However, Cele says that the could not give SA an indication as to when Level 3 would be implemented, simply saying that 'the time will come', reports The Citizen. The politician was in Pietermaritzburg on Monday to assess the adherence to the current lockdown restrictions.
3. Covid-19: Clip of police trying to arrest toddler goes viral
A disturbing video of a toddler being rescued from an apparent arrest has gone viral on Monday.
A man, who is understood to be the child's father, is then arrested instead in front of a woman with two small children inside their gated community.
The community in Ballito, where the incident took place, has earned authorities strong condemnation despite the possibility of lockdown laws being flouted. In the clip, two officers can be seen walking through the gate of a residential property following which they attempt to arrest the small child.
4. Covid-19: Ramaphosa urges compliance, warns virus is new reality
President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on the continued coronavirus lockdown.
In his weekly letter to the country, Ramaphosa explained that life would not be returning to normal any time soon.
"The national coronavirus alert level is now at 4, which means that extreme precautions remain in place to limit community transmission. Our goal is to steadily reduce the alert level by keeping the rate of infection down and getting our health system ready for the inevitable increase in cases. As the lockdown is gradually eased, life will slowly return. But it will not be life as we knew it before."
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