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Over 800 cops infected with Covid-19, Cele reveals

Police Ministry and SAPS management visit operations on Day Two of National Lockdown
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday 28 March 2020: Mr Bheki Cele, South African Minister of Police addressed members of the South African Police Service and the South African National Defence Force at a parade at 35 Squadron near Cape Town International Airport after the South African government declared a 21 day COVID-19 lockdown as part of the State of National Disaster declaration by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Health Ministry has asked residents to observe the regulations, practise hygiene, stay at home and practise social distancing. Photo by Roger Sedres

Police Minister Bheki Cele said 841 police officers have contracted the coronavirus, with 601 in the Western Cape.

He also made the startling claim the number of arrests per province during the lockdown period correlated closely to the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Cele said the provinces with the highest number of arrests also had the highest number of Covid-19 cases.

The police have had to enforce extra regulations that came into effect after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster when it became evident the country was not going to be spared during the global pandemic.

Cele said 243 146 people were arrested during the lockdown so far.

He rattled off the number of arrests during a live televised briefing as:

– Western Cape with 57 000 arrests.

– Gauteng with 40 000 arrests.

– KwaZulu-Natal with 27 000 arrests.

– Free State with 34 000 cases.

– Northern Cape with 8 000 cases.

– Mpumalanga with 10 000 cases.

Cele warned that from 1 June, when the Level 3 lockdown starts, there would be more roadblocks, and people could not just travel anywhere without the required permit, or good reason to be on the road.

There would also be additional monitoring in hotspots where there are higher than usual cases to make sure people are complying with the regulations.