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President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will in the next coming days roll out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.

2020-03-30 10:41:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will in the next coming days roll out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will in the next coming days roll out a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme.

“People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing. People who are infected with coronavirus, but who have no or moderate symptoms will remain in isolation at home or at a facility provided by government and those with severe symptoms will be transferred to hospitals,” says Ramaphosa. “Using mobile technology, an extensive tracing system will be rapidly deployed to trace those who have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases and to monitor the geographical location of new cases in real time.”

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The announcement comes as the number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has risen to three while the number of infections has increased to 1326.This was confirmed by President Ramaphosa in his address to the nation a short on Monday evening on the measures being taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

South Africa has the highest number of cases on the African continent. The President has reiterated his call for South Africans to abide by the regulations of the lockdown and stay at home.In the video below, President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on COVID-19 cases in SA:

Non-compliance to lockdown regulationsSome South Africans in areas including Alexandra have been defiant to the orders government has given during the national shutdown.Five people in quarantine in the high density township after coming into contact with a person infected with the coronavirus.

In the video below,SABC Newslooks at the situation in Alexandra:Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says 2000 people have been arrested across the country for non-compliance with the lockdown regulations since Friday.Cele accompanied by his Deputy and National Police Commissioner visited different pension pay-points in the KwaMashu and Inanda townships, north of Durban.

Long queues and lack of social distancing were seen outside some collection points as thousands of beneficiaries flocked to collect their social grants.Cele says police have been forced to ensure compliance.In the video below,SABC Newsshines the spotlight of the lack of social distancing as Sassa beneficiaries collect their grants:

Meanwhile, the South African Police Service says it is concerned about videos going viral of officers allegedly using excessive force on people who contravening the lockdown regulations.National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo says although they still need to verify the authenticity of these videos, the alleged behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated or condoned.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has cautioned security forces to ensure the safety of South Africans and not cause harm to them. There have been reports of alleged brutality by some SANDF members who have been deployed to support police to manage the nationwide lockdown.

An Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer has also been arrested in Gauteng in connection with the alleged fatal shooting of a man at Vosloorus township on the East Rand.“We have made it clear that the task of our security personnel is to support, to reassure and to comfort our people and to ensure that peace and order is maintained in our country. They know that they must act within the law at all times and that they must not cause harm to any of our people in any way whatsoever, all of us, South Africans, the 50 million of us.”

There are now 4871 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the African continent, with many countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic.In the video below,looks at the number ofconfirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa:

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I'm so concerned about this plan by the government , how are we going to differentiate between thugs and really people from the department of health when they start knocking in our doors is there any specific way to identify them ?🤔 There's a risk of opportunists that will take advantage of ppl MandlaMkhize thank you finally yall doing something

We await to be called for spraying our mall to disinfect the virus MSC could be the reason 😢😢😢 I voluntarily support the screening infected hoing higher I’m more worried about how we’ll be able to differentiate between medical fieldworkers and criminals. Julius Malema was right,this president is compromised,he's not decisive,he always reacts,that should have happened long time ago,waited for thousands to be infected before he acts.Lot of black people will die because of this.

Criminals will use this as a window to pose as the field workers and rob citizens. I hope government has measures in place for that risk. This is a time where our faith is tested to the Max. John 14 'Let not your heart be trouble Believe in Me and also believe in God'. I don't see that helping, the lockdown is not helping while people are still gathering in numbers at the malls and everywhere across the country. We need a total lock down. No shop that will open until further notice. Otherwise the number will always rise

After the raping of a granny by people posing as SANDF , I will not open for anyone. Testing at clinics and hospitals should be free..I'll go there instead. Or they tell make hotspots for us to go to, to be tested. Women, if you live alone..I say don't open In my place i didn't even see 1police or solider/water tank so i know this will never happened also maybe there in the cities not in the villages

How will they identify themselves? 🤷🏻‍♂️ PresidencyZA Induct the people you arrested during lockdown to serve as field workers & help out with the screenings. *Community Service* Let's teach Americans how to basic things FlattenTheCurve 👇 But we don't trust this government 😥😥 This officials are the ones who will infect ppl...especially the poor!!

South Africa now has 1,280 confirmed cases of Covid-19The country has recorded the second death of a patient who had tested positive for Covid-19. How far we behind ito testing backlog and releasing up to date stats? I would guess we at least 4-5 days behind so are our stats that real and accurate? What’s the real picture please? I don't trust that number... Because testing isn't happening like it is supposed to happen...

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South Africa records second COVID-19 death, cases rise to 1 280 - SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader.South Africa has confirmed a second death from the coronavirus, with the number of infections rising to 1 280. The deceased is a 74-year-old man, who had been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and ventilation at a private hospital in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. FlattenTheCurveTogether 👇 Jesus Christ 😷 OMG

BREAKING NEWS: Thirteen health workers among the infected as Covid-19 tally rises to 1,187A total of 13 health-care workers, including 11 doctors, have been confirmed to have the coronavirus 😞😞😞 Thanks minister useless It's so sad, n we have brothers & sister wu work day & night to keep SA safe... we can just play our part by obeying or President & stay home... EssentialWorker

Second coronavirus death reported in South AfricaThe total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1280. Your caption is missing a lot of information, it's dull Why you updating us late and lately you don't update us about number of cases. There will be many more if these idiots who fill taxi's and stand in lines shoulder to shoulder aren't stopped immediately. Are some people just that stupid? When the locations get infected, they just might get it.

BREAKING NEWS: SA reports second death from Covid-19 as infection numbers continue to increaseHealth minister Zweli Mkhize reports that the number of infections has increased to 1,280 The man had cancer this is alarmist and sensationalist reporting. You forgot to mention the trend is a decrease and the person who died had an underlying sickness People in the hood: Abashwe!! (While jiving at a bash) this thing will finish us.