Coronavirus: South Africa poised for lockdown as cases spiral

Irish Times | Mar 26, 2020 at 5:41 PM
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to more than 900 on the eve of an unprecedented lockdown being implemented by the government to slow the spread of the disease.
  • The latest infection figures were released by the health department as the country prepared for a three-week lockdown to begin at midnight on Thursday and last until April 16th.
  • On Thursday, defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed in a press conference that armed soldiers would be deployed to conduct foot patrols in urban and rural areas for the duration of the lockdown, and to support police to enforce the movement restrictions.