VAAL TRIANGLE - President Cyril Ramaphosa says it’s too early to make an announcement about the possible extension, or not, of the 21-day lockdown. He adds that government will assess the effectiveness of the measure in the coming days. Ramaphosa says the national lockdown has helped to limit the number of people infected with the coronavirus to a minimum. Speaking to journalists on a visit to Rand Water in Johannesburg, Ramaphosa said some pockets of society are still acting as if there is no such thing as the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, South Africa now has 13 coronavirus deaths after another person died of the illness. The latest victim is a man who suffered from prostate cancer. Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the total number of confirmed cases in the country has reached one-thousand-749 out of 58,098 tests that have been conducted. 45 people have been confirmed as recovered. Mkhize said his department was greatly concerned over the situation in Durban’s St Augustine Hospital where 48 staff members and another 12 people have tested positive for the virus. Mkhize says he hopes a cleaning process will start soon.
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