The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that five people are currently under quarantine after being in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Alexandra.

The confirmed patient disregarded an instruction to self-isolate while authorities waited for his test results and travelled to Limpopo.

He is currently at a health facility in Limpopo.

In the video below, SABC News reports on the situation in Alex:

The residents of Alexandra were largely defiant on the first day of the 21 days lockdown.

In the video below, it is business as usual in Alexandra despite the lockdown: 

The police and army were deployed to different sections of the township to urge people to stay indoors.

During Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo’s walkabout on Friday community members complained about their poor hygiene conditions which include communal toilets and the lack of sanitizers.

Makhubo says while he acknowledges their poor living conditions, it is in everyone’s interest that they stay at home.

“As we leave, we are going to leave it to the police and the army to now restore law and order here. I mean, I can see they got into their houses and they are out again. That’s why we asked the SANDF to say, ‘look, let’s get in.’ We’ve been with the Metro; there’s provincial police; there is SAPS. So, everyone is here.”

On Monday, Ramaphosa announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country had risen to 1326 with three deaths.

In the video below, Ramaphosa addresses the nation: