- Police Minister Bheki Cele has said that 14 police officers have died from Covid-19
- 1685 law enforcement officers have contracted the virus
- The majority of the infections are in the Western Cape
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Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that 1685 police officers have Covid-19 and so far 14 have died from the virus.
Cele made the announcement in Soweto where the police and army were out in full force at a roadblock to tenure lockdown regulations are enforced according to SABC.
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“We as the South African police, as you know, we are in the frontline and we still suffer. We’ve got about 1 685 members nationally that have been affected, unfortunately, a big part of them are in the Western Cape at 1 034. Here in Gauteng, we’ve got 119, in the Eastern Cape 186, KZN we’ve got 53 with 14 deaths altogether, and we are saluting those that are dying on the frontline, trying to defend and to make sure that all South Africans are safe,” says Cele.
Since the virus broke out in South Africa a total of 65 736 have been confirmed to have the virus and almost half, 37 000, have recovered.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has reported that 69 individuals have died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
The death toll now sits at 1423, disturbingly showing an increase of 50% in the past 7 days. The fatalities were recorded in Western Cape (36), the Eastern Cape (9) and Gauteng (24) according to ENCA.
Briefly.co.za learned that in the past 24 hours, more than 3 800 people have tested positive for Covid-19, more than half of those people are from Gauteng.
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