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.
The Department of Health has suspended visiting hours at all public health facilities in the country with immediate effect amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The department however says there may be unique cases where Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) will be allowed to use their own discretion.
Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government has procured 41 000 water tankers to be distributed to areas with water shortages in order to ensure that communities, especially those in rural areas, comply with the sanitation measures required to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The SABC has confirmed that another employee has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The SABC has expanded its News and Current Affairs services on free-to-air television channels with immediate effect. The public broadcaster says this is a direct response to the escalating need for public awareness on information around the coronavirus outbreak.
The Motsepe Foundation has outlined various efforts it’s engaging in to assist South Africa in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including pledging R1 billion.
Springbok rugby legend Danie Gerber has contracted the coronavirus. Gerber says he travelled a lot in the past two weeks, including more than four flights, and it is impossible to say where he picked up the virus.
Ministers representing the COVID -19 National Command Council are updating the nation on the status of the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.
The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) has expressed concern over hospitals in rural areas, not having enough equipment and resources to attend to the possibility of a high number of coronavirus cases.