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Visiting hours at all public health facilities suspended

The Department of Health has suspended visiting hours at all public health facilities in the country with immediate effect amid the COVID-19 outbreak. In a statement, the department says the decision was taken in light of the 21-day national lockdown imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It also comes as the[…]

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SANDF to deploy more soldiers across the country

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it will deploy members from its Reserve Force to complement contingents deployed across the country in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, the SA Military Health Service will deploy Reserve Force doctors, nurses and operational emergency care practitioners.[…]

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Reports of missiles intercepted over Saudi

Two rockets were intercepted on Saturday above the Saudi capital Riyadh and the southern city Jazan, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported, citing its correspondents and sources. Residents in Riyadh reported multiple blasts, followed by sirens in northern districts, Reuters said. AFP reporters said they heard three explosions in the capital.[…]

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Reports of spaza shops being closed despite govt regulation

As South Africans entered its 21-day national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there remains uncertainty around whether spaza shops and corner stores are considered essential services to the public. The Government Gazette, which outlines the regulations during the lockdown, states that spaza shops that sell essential products[…]

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Almost R2 million in pledges to #OperationCovid19 fund

Operation SA and the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) have launched an emergency fund-raising drive, which has already garnered almost R2 million in pledges in just a few days. The organisations are partnering to assist in delivering essential food items to the vulnerable and destitute during the 21-day national[…]

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Health minister revises SA COVID-19 deaths to one

There is only one confirmed death caused by COVID-19 in South Africa, after the Health Ministry on Friday revised its initial report. Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases, an increase of 243 new cases from yesterday. Initially, the minister reported that two deaths had occurred as[…]

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