NEWS: The South Africa coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic infection rate has passed 1000 +ve cases with two deaths related to the coronavirus according to the health ministry’s Dr Zweli Mkhize on Friday morning.
Shortly after 18H00 PM Minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu announced on Friday evening that health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had asked him to relay the latest coronavirus statistics to the public. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA has increased to 1,170.
However, Mthembu clarified that one of the deaths announced today was confirmed to be linked to Covid-19. The second death was linked to Covid-19 but had is to be confirmed.
He said Mkhize would explain exactly what this meant, medically, in due course.
Mkhize has on a number occasions stated that the number of confirmed positive cases are expected to rise during the first week of the 21-day lockdown that was announced by the President on Monday. You can read that story here while the Department of Health has moved to take additional precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, as the Gauteng infection rate makes the province the epicentre of infection. Learn more here
Mkhize has also discouraged South Africans from moving around during the Easter weekend, stressing that citizens must stay in the same place during the period of the lockdown.
Dr Zweli Mkhize also stated that anyone who refused isolation protocols after being tested positive for Covid-19 would have their names published to warn the public to not get close to that person. The person could face up to 15 years’ imprisonment if they were in breach of the regulations around testing positive for Covid-19.
“If we ask you to go to quarantine, go to quarantine. If you don’t go to quarantine we will enforce it,” Mkhize said.
Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis.
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