Johannesburg councillors to assist with enforcing lockdown

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The City of Johannesburg says it will send councillors out to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

The Speaker of the city council Nonceba Molwele says most councillors have received permits to work under the category of essential services during the nationwide lockdown.

She says the permits will allow councillors to move freely to monitor the implementation of the lockdown regulations in their respective wards in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The councillors are expected to work in conjunction with various stakeholders including law enforcement such as the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, the South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force.

Mkhize confirms 5 COVID-19 deaths in SA

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed, at a media briefing in Durban, that a 5th person has died of the coronavirus in South Africa.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 1 353 up from 1 326 on Monday.

The Minister says the latest death was in Gauteng, which remains the province with most confirmed cases of the virus. The Minister says the latest death was a 79-year-old man of Gauteng who had an underlying chest condition.

“This gives us 633 in Gauteng which is the highest, 325 in Western Cape, KZN 179, Free State 74, North West 8, MP 12, Limpopo 14, Eastern Cape 12, Northern Cape 6 then we have still got unallocated which is 90.”

 In the graph below we outline the confirmed cases of the coronavirus: