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A metro police officer and an SA National Defence Force member order people to stay in their houses and keep away from the streets in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. (Teogo Letsie)


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Coronavirus: 53 937 tests later - 1585 cases and 9 deaths

The total number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to 1585 on Saturday, 80 more than Friday.

The number of deaths is confirmed as nine.


President Cyril Ramaphosa convened the first virtual meeting of the Presidential Coordinating Council (PCC) on Saturday. 

The PPC, co-chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza is made up of President Cyril Ramaphosa convened the first virtual meeting of the Presidential Coordinating Council (PCC) on Saturday to assess the challenges and progress on the implementation of the national lockdown, set out to stop the spread of the coronavirus.


Humanitarian groups call for more funds towards essential food items

Social activists and humanitarian groups have called on members of the public, businesses and the government to inject more funds towards essential food items during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are calling on charities, NPOs (non-profit organisations) and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to continue serving their communities. Please mobilise and work with local authorities, provincial and national government, and assist where you can in a coordinated way,” Operation SA's Yusuf Abramjee said.

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A young man has been filmed seemingly doing drugs in front of the Lyttelton police station in Pretoria, Gauteng.

The man filmed himself driving around with another man he claims is his brother, bragging about how they were trying to score drugs and violating the lockdown.


Cape Town Metro Police officers confiscated R500 000 worth of alcohol in Dunoon on Friday during lockdown enforcement operations.

At around 14:30, officers were tipped off about alcohol being sold from a vehicle in the area.

The found the Huyndai Getz from which the alcohol was allegedly being sold, and after a short pursuit, cornered the vehicle and arrested two men for failing to remain confined being as per the lockdown regulations.


New York state's coronavirus toll rose at a devastating pace to 3 565 deaths on Saturday, the governor said, up from 2 935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

The state has now recorded 113 704 positive cases - 63 306 in New York City, where 2 624 have died - just 6 000 short of hard-hit Italy's total number of cases.

In his daily briefing Governor Andrew Cuomo said infections could peak in the state in anywhere from four to 14 days, an ever-moving target that will test the already taxed health system's capacity to handle a significant influx of sick patients.

"Part of me would like to be at the apex and just let's do it. But there's part of me that says it's good that we're not at the apex because we're not yet ready," the governor said.

The mayor has estimated that the city needs 45 000 more medical personnel to fight the pandemic through April and May.



Italy on Saturday saw its first drop in patients receiving intensive care for the coronavirus that has killed 15 362 people in the country and put the healthcare system under massive strain.

"This is very important news," civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters of the drop from 4,068 to 3,994 intensive care patients over the past 24 hours.

"It allows our hospitals to breathe."



Families housing 230 children from the Abraham Kriel Children's Home in Potchefstroom have received care packages, donated by the home.

The "survival packs" were distributed to families in surrounding areas including Klerksdorp, Orkney and Hartebeesfontein, on Friday.

The packages contained fresh vegetables, tinned food, maize meal, cleaning agents, toiletries, warm clothes and blankets. Staff at the home not only sourced the items, but also delivered them to the families.


The Gauteng Department of Health has called on organisations, corporations, NGOs and individuals to help with donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks, gloves and ventilators.

Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said these donations would be used to assist the government's response to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

"It is against this backdrop that we call on those who wish to contribute to donate PPE and ventilators.

"The fight against Covid-19 requires a joint effort by all sectors of society," Kekana said.


More than 60 000 deaths worldwide from coronavirus - AFP

Paris – The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 60 000 people worldwide, nearly three quarters of them in Europe, since it emerged in China in December, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 13:30 (GMT) on Saturday from official sources.

A total of 60 457 deaths have been recorded, including 44 132 in Europe, the continent worst hit by the virus.

The official tallies probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of cases.

With 14 681 deaths, Italy is the country with the highest death toll, followed by Spain (11 744), the United States (7 159), France (6 507) and Britain (4 313).

Since Covid-19 first emerged, 1 130 204 cases have been declared officially in the world, with more than half of them in Europe (610 846).

There have been 290 219 in the United States and Canada (7 325 deaths between them) and 115 777 cases in Asia (4 124 deaths).

 - AFP


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