The executive mayor of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo says the city plans to have more shelters to accommodate displaced people as a short term measure during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Makhubo says around 15 000 people have been displaced in Johannesburg and 2 000 people have been catered for since the start of the lockdown.

He took part in the opening of a new tent shelter in Turfontein Johannesburg.

“We are planning to have about 1200-tent village here. This is a short term measure. We will contribute irrespective of that it is not our competency.”

Meanwhile, seven more people have died in South Africa from the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the death toll to 86 as the number of confirmed cases increased to 4 361.

The Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, says four more people die in the Eastern Cape, two were from the Western Cape and one from Limpopo.



The Western Cape is now the epicentre of the virus in the country, with a total of 1 514 cases. Gauteng has 1 304 cases and the Northern Cape has the least number of infections at 16.

In the video below, COVID-19 cases in South Africa rise to 4 361: