SANDF soldiers in Mary Fitzgerald square in Newtown Johannesburg. They will be deployed to Alex, Hillbrow and other parts of the Johannesburg during the lockdown.
Image: Alaister Russell
27 March 2020 09:05
South Africa has recorded its first two cases of Covid-19 deaths.
In a statement minister of health Zweli Mkhize said the deaths were recorded in the Western Cape.
“This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19. These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital.”
The department said it would brief the media later on on Friday as the number of Covid-19 cases have risen after SA tipped the 1000 mark.
27 March 2020 – 08:25
‘Gauteng, especially Sandton is the epicentre of the virus’ Aaron Motsoaledi
Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says most infections of the coronavirus have been recorded in Sandton.
“The epicentre is now Gauteng, especially the Johannesburg area, especially Sandton… That’s where the elite stay, they go all over Europe, they went to Italy and England, now they are in contact with people who are doing shopping there and their workers.”The United Nations on Thursday hailed armed groups heeding its call for a ceasefire during the coronavirus crisis, as Security Council and General Assembly members prepared draft resolutions in support of the measure.
Armed groups in Cameroon, the Philippines, Yemen and Syria have moved in recent days to reduce violence as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday issued an appeal for ceasefire.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffith, said he was “heartened” to see positive responses from both the government and Huthi rebels.