Faizel Patel - 24/03/2020
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of positive Coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 554.
This is an increase of 153 from the 402 cases announced on Monday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that South Africa will go into lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday in a move that’s been described as necessary in order to save lives.
Ramaphosa says the lockdown excludes essential personnel which includes health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services (such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers) and other persons necessary to respond to COVID-19.
Mkhize says the infection rate is getting serious and people must practice self isolation and respect the lockdown regulations
"We have record of two patients in ICU. We still expect the numbers to increase for the next two weeks."
Mkhize says people need to understand that while there are a few issues around the lockdown, these are important issues to support the health of our nation.