The health minister has offered a comprehensive update on the overall situation in the country, though he says the latest results only reflect testing, not how many cases there may actually be.
A handful of ministers were updating the nation on the status of the 21-day lockdown as it concerned their departments.
The billionaire and his partners have joined the pledges of fellow philanthropists the Rupert and Oppenheimer families.
After South Africa has registered its first Covid-19 deaths, on the same morning it began a 21-day lockdown, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu put the exact figure at 1,170 on Friday evening.
Meshoe’s test came after he went to a religious gathering in Bloemfontein attended by five international guests who later tested positive for the virus.
The country has started a 21-day lockdown to try to limit the spread of the virus, which is thought to kill between 1% and 4% of those it infects.

Breaking News Kimberley SABC staff go under quarantine as reporter tests positive

SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo confirmed that one of their staff indeed tested positive for Covid-19.

Breaking News Govt vows school nutrition programme will carry on during lockdown

Several food companies – such as Tiger Brands, Nestle, Pioneer, Old Mutual, First Rand and Add Hope Foundation – have expressed their willingness to support the initiative.

Breaking News Angus Buchan tests positive for coronavirus

The influential Christian evangelist has said he’s feeling fine, offered a Bible verse, and said he would keep praying.

Breaking News EFF threatens to enforce Covid-19 shutdown of businesses, including SAB

The EFF has said it intends to pay ‘nice special visits’ to businesses not observing regulations for shutting down most of the country’s activities.

Breaking News Taxi council concerned with regulations on public transportation ahead of lockdown

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has announced that minibus taxis and other e-hailing taxi services such as Uber and Bolt will only be allowed on the roads during peak hours.

Breaking News Nzimande establishes Covid-19 departmental task teams

The minister said the two teams would assist him in the effective participation in the president-led National Command Council in fighting the pandemic.

Breaking News Joburg cemeteries and crematoria implement new rules for the lockdown period

Burials will be conducted daily to reduce weekend congestions and cremations services are limited to less than 40 people at the chapel and will be undertaken on a daily basis.

Breaking News Ramaphosa tests negative after close shave with Covid-19

The ACDP’s Kenneth Meshoe was among the people at a religious gathering in the Free State where a number of Covid-19-positive travellers were present.

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