Over 7,000 South African police officers test positive for coronavirus

The Police Minister, Bheki Cele, disclosed this on Wednesday at a news conference, while speaking on plans to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Pretoria. That A total of 7,021 South African police officers have tested positive to coronavirus.

He added that 4,949 police officers have been quarantined while 150 have been hospitalized.

“This COVID-19 pandemic is indiscriminate, no one is immune; it even attacks those entrusted with protecting us.

“A number of justice, crime prevention and security cluster officials have tested positive”

The minister confirmed that 3,688 cases of COVID-19 have also been recorded in South African jails including the 1,485 inmates and 2,203 prison warders, NAN reports.

“15 inmates and 31 officials have died of COVID-19 and 53 police officers have passed away.

“We will break the transmission, If we are responsible during this pandemic,” Cele said.

So far, a total of 298,292 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in South Africa.

He warned that the Police would henceforth intensify patrols, stop and search to ensure compliance with social distancing and other lockdown regulations.

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