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Correctional Services’ COVID-19 cases rise to 700
21 May 2020, 9:36 PM

Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has a total of 700 COVID-19 cases with 229 officials and 471 inmates. This comes after Western Cape recorded an additional of eight officials and one inmate.

The province has 189 cases and 2 deaths.

14 inmates and two officials located in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for the virus. The province has the highest number of cases with 487 and 2 deaths.

The department currently has 137 recoveries.

Below is the breakdown of COVID-19 cases at the Department of Correctional Services: 

 

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Westville Prison

Reports of a prison warder allegedly infected with COVID-19 is causing alarm at Westville Prison in Durban. The warder, who resides in a staff facility within the prison, is understood to have left his quarantine area and resumed duties without informing doctors or prison officials.

Earlier, the Health Ministry announced that South Africa has 19 137 coronavirus cases. 30 more deaths have been reported. The Western Cape still has the highest number of cases, 12 153.

Below is the break down of COVID-19 cases  in SA:

 

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Mpumalanga Health MEC launches Electronic Queue Control System
21 May 2020, 8:45 PM

The MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Sasekani Manzini, launched the first Electronic Queue Control System. The new system aims to reduce the time patients spend in queues and also help detect shortcomings.

The new system is already functioning at the Themba Hospital. The patients are being called through an electronic system depending on who arrived first. They are given numbers on arrival and wait for their turn to receive medical attention.

However, they have expressed mixed feelings in the new system. Some of the patients believe that the new system will enhance social distancing. But, others say it is a question of wait and see.

“To keep our distance, for our 1-meter away as instructed by the Presidents and as we are waiting for our files, everyone would wait to hear their name before they can go through. I think it’s going to be a problem because I got here at 5 and got attended to at 8. Perhaps, we should give it time.”

Mpumalanga’s MEC for Health, Sasekani Manzini, says the new system to minimise long queues at health facilities is expected to be rolled out at other health facilities in the province.

“We are able to monitor from the provincial office how long it takes to come to our facility from the admission until they get their medication. So, that’s why we are here today to make sure that we minimise (long queues) in our facilities in terms of the system that we are launching today.”

Manzini added that the Driekoppies clinic in Nkomazi, which has been closed after health workers tested positive for COVID-19 will be opened in a week’s time. At the moment, the community is being assisted at a mobile clinic.

“Because it’s a small clinic the employee was in contact with everyone hence it was impossible to continue using the clinic. We have fumigated the clinic. All workers are quarantined. They will come back after being tested and if they are negative they would come back to the facility. But for now, we have put a mobile clinic to service the people of Driekoppies.”

The province has more than 90 positive cases of the coronavirus, and more than 50 recoveries.

No deaths have been reported.

Below are the latest COVID-19 numbers in SA:

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Mapisa-Nqakula commends soldiers for their role in curbing spread of COVID-19
21 May 2020, 8:09 PM

The Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has commended soldiers for their role in curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help the police with monitoring compliance and ensuring adherence to lockdown regulations.

She has visited the Hoedspruit Air Force Base in Limpopo, where she addressed the air force trainees about the dangers of the coronavirus.

The Hoedspruit Air Force Base hosts more than 400 trainees – almost half of them are female. The recruits are likely to be deployed to the streets and settlements in the country to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus after their graduation in June.

Thousands of soldiers have already been deployed to help the police. Soldiers from the military health service are also helping the Department of Health.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula also says engineers from the Defence Force have also been deployed to help with the provision of water.

“We also have a contingency of engineers from the South African National Defence Force, who are out there being directed by the Commander in Chief to make sure that there’s water in this country and therefore, they must do everything including water reticulation to make sure that people who do not have water will have water and therefore we’ll be there to support the Department of Water and Sanitation.”

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula also told the trainee soldiers that the pandemic is an invisible enemy that is claiming the lives of many people in the country and throughout the world.

” It is rough out there it is not easy.  We are fighting an invisible enemy.  You do not know which direction it will come from but what we have seen is that it is an enemy which is capable of killing thousands of our people.”

A virtual pass-out parade will be held for the trainee soldiers in June.

More JMPD officers test positive for coronavirus
21 May 2020, 8:05 PM

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed that four of its officers have tested positive for COVID-19. This after an official, who had fallen ill during a night shift tested positive for the virus last week Friday.

JMPD says contacts who worked with the infected officer were among 107 officers who were tested on Monday.

Three more officers’ results came out positive for coronavirus. The four officers are currently in quarantine.

The JMPD says it’s been screening and testing other officers for their safety. It’s urged them to adhere to the strict protocols on social distancing.

“One officer fell ill on night shift on Wednesday and was tested at Milpark Hospital. The officer was discharged and is now on quarantine. A total of 107 officers were tested by Monday and three more officers tested positive. JMPD has implemented measures to make sure that officers have access to Personal Protective Equipment and I want to assure the residents of Johannesburg that our officers will continue to serve and protect them,” says JMPD Spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar.

Nationwide, the Health Department has recorded 30 more COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the national toll to 369. The number of positive cases has also increased by  1  134 in a 24-hour period.

The country has now recorded 19 137 positive coronavirus cases.

 

Below is a breakdown of the COVID-19 stats in SA:

 

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Investigation under way after 7 men killed in south of Durban
21 May 2020, 6:13 PM
A high-level police investigation is underway after seven people were gunned down in Msahweni, south of Durban, on Wednesday night. Seven bodies were discovered by community members after hearing gunshots in the area.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula says police believe that the house where the men were found was an abandoned dwelling that was being used for criminal and drug activities. He says 20 ‘woonga’ straws and 25 ecstasy tablets were also found at the scene.
 It is believed that the seven men were gunned down by unidentified gunmen. The victims were discovered by community members who called the police.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal have established a task team to investigate the killing: 

The deceased are from different families and were discovered inside a mud house with their bodies bundled together. In the dark of the night and with a crowd of curious onlookers, detectives searched for clues.
Provincial Police Commissioner, Khombinkosi Jula visited the scene the next day. “A group of about seven people who converged in this house were attacked by an unknown gunman and were shot in an execution-style. What we have since learned is that the house itself is an abandoned house. What we have discovered in the house is that the deceased, the seven deceased were shot in an execution-style. There were drugs that were found because we have found 25 ecstasy tablets and also 25 woonga straws under their bodies.”

Meanwhile, some of the shocked friends of the victims say they are trying to come to terms with the killings.

“I am really not okay. It is hurting. I don’t know what they did … if they did something to those people. I was close to all of them. They were my friends, but the one I was close to is Nkanyiso Hlengwa.”

Police say no arrests have been made so far and that investigations are continuing.

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