Two deaths, over 1000 infections and several arrests on Day 1 of the coronavirus lockdown


Day 1 of the coronavirus lockdown has been a sad reality check. South Africa has seen its first two COVID-19 deaths and the number of confirmed cases has just tipped 1000.

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UPDATED: First two deaths

It’s the first week of the 3-week coronavirus lockdown in SA, and two people have died from the virus. News24 reports that one death was in the Western Cape while the second was in Ladysmith.

Initially, the media reported that the second COVID-19 death was a 28-year-old woman in the Western Cape, but this was later retracted.

The two people who passed away include a 48-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man. Alan Winde (Western Cape Premier) explained that: ‘The 48-year-old woman’s condition worsened while in ICU”.

Out of respect for their family’s privacy, we are not releasing any personal details. The next few weeks are crucial. So let’s stay inside. ‘It is up to each of us,’ Winde says, ‘Together, let’s stop the spread.’

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Over 1000 cases now

As if that wasn’t enough bad news, there are now more than 1000 confirmed infections in SA. You can keep ahead of the numbers around the world here – including cases, deaths and recoveries. Most of us have been watching the cases climb, but let’s also look after our minds.

NOTE: While, it’s good to stay informed, remember to give yourself a break from social media. Take care of your mental health during this time. And call your loved-ones to check in on them.

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Coronavirus lockdown arrests

As we know, the lockdown started last night. We’re only allowed to pop out for essential things like buying groceries and getting medical help. People who break these rules may be fined or jailed.

Police Minister Bheki Cele warned us that SAPS wasn’t here to play. Just a few hours after midnight (when lockdown started), SAPS raided taverns and clubs in the early hours of the morning. 

They arrested several people in Hillbrow, Johannesburg for breaking the lockdown rules. The police also forced the pub to close.

Lastly, just a young reminder – no stores may sell alcohol or cigarettes for the next three weeks. Good luck guys. And stay safe.

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