There are currently 927 positive as of Thursday, 28 March 2020. This information was confirmed by South Africa’s health ministry, under the direction of Zweli Mkhize. This is an increase of 218 cases from the 709 confirmed yesterday.
The number of cases is very close to a thousand and there haven’t been any deaths recorded in South Africa due to COVID-19.
South Africa declared the COVID-19 pandemic a state of national disaster and there were measures in place to curb the spread which included closing liquor stores early. However, due to an increase of coronavirus cases, The President of South Africa implemented a lockdown effective midnight.
There have been a lot of contradicting information on what’s allowed during a lockdown – and there are lots of people asking if local corner stores (tuck-shops and general dealers) will be open during a lockdown – as far as we know, the government has only mentioned supermarket as far as food is a concern.
To be safe, you are required to stay home during a lock-down. Emergency services as Hospitals, Clinics, and Pharmacies will remain open.
Banking services from Nedbank, Absa, Capitec, Standard Bank, Ubank, etc. will be available.
There will be a lot of roadblocks, Mister Bheki Cele said: “This will ensure that the movement of people and vehicles is kept to the minimum, with the exception of the transportation of essential goods and/or services which include fire and medical emergency services.”
More than 50 mourners at funerals and funeral night vigils are prohibited.
“The simplest and best way to combat the spread of the Corona Virus is to adhere to the call by the President and STAY HOME” continued the Minister of Police.
No alcohol will be sold during a lockdown
The schools will remain closed
Gallivanting in the streets may land you in jail for up to a month
Metrorail and Gautrain will shut services during a lockdown
Walking a dog and jogging is prohibited during a lockdown
South African Post Office will remain open, “The decision by our President that SAPO branches remain open for social grant payments is accepted by SAPO as we are designated to provide this important national service and we are cognizant of the importance of social grants for a sizeable part of our population constituting mostly vulnerable people”, explains SAPO acting CEO, Ivumile Nongogo.
Provincial Breakdown provided by the government.
Gauteng – 409
Western Cape – 229
KwaZulu Natal – 134
Free State – 49
North West – 5
Mpumalanga – 9
Limpopo – 6
Eastern Cape – 5
Northern Cape – 2
Unallocated – 79
President Cyril Ramaphosa tested negative for coronavirus.