SAPS confirms 779 #COVID19 cases

The South Africa Police Services (SAPS) says it has 779 cases of police who tested positive for Covid-19 around the country.

National Police Spokesperson Vish Naidoo has also confirmed that an officer working in the Parliaments precinct tested positive.

Naidoo says the police officer who works in the control room was returned before he could even start working after displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during the screening process before starting work.

He says the other police officers, who were on the same shift in Parliament and came into contact with their colleague who tested positive – have been asked to self-isolate and go for screening and testing as a precautionary measure.

Naidoo says 414 of the 779 cases are active, while 359 police officers have recovered fully from the COVID-19. He says the SAPS will continue to implement strict control and precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus.

There are currently 24 264 cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, with the Western Cape accounting for 65. 2% of the total number of cases and a total of 524 related deaths. The country has conducted over 600 000 tests so far.

The Department of Health says South Africa is currently facing a shortage of testing reagents.

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