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Police Minister Bheki Cele confirms death of 6 members and 611 positive cases

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There have been 101 recoveries, Cele said

Pretoria – Six hundred and 11 members of the SAPS, the SANDF, and all other security forces at the frontline of Covid-19 pandemic have tested positive for the coornavirus with six deaths confirmed, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday.

In his briefing, Cele said: “Our condolences go out to the families and colleagues of six of our members who have succumbed to the virus. Two of these members passed away yesterday in the Western Cape, bringing to total four Covid-19 related deaths in the province. 

The Western Cape also made up the bulk of confirmed cases with 411 cases. The Eastern Cape followed with 47 cases. The Northern Cape has two.

There have been 101 recoveries, Cele said.

“Let me commend the SAPS Covid-19 National and Provincial Steering Committees

for ensuring that protocols are in place and that they are being followed. The intensive screening and testing has seen hundreds of

members go in isolation, and over 3 000 quarantined. 

“I know that our communities have been nervous about police members testing positive

and stations being shut down. The truth is, as soon as a SAPS member or PSA

employee from any police station or any SAPS building tests positive, the Department

of Health is brought on board.

“Occupants of the specific building are screened and/or tested. The building or facility must be vacated immediately for decontamination

and can only be reoccupied after a period of 12 to 48 hours.” 

Cele said that there were about 121 stations countrywide and 40 units where members have tested

positive and the premises contaminated. 

With the Western Cape being the hardest hit

province so far, it is reported that at least 19 stations have had to be decontaminated

again: 

1. Athlone 

2. Mfuleni 

3. Lentegeur 

4. Milnerton 

5. Mitchells Plain 

6. Kraaifontein 

7. Bellville 

8. Khayelitsha 

9. Delft 

10.Pinelands 

11.Claremont 

12.Ceres 

13.Philippi East 

14.Philippi 

15.Durbanville 

16.Lingelethu west 

17.Hout Bay 

18.Cape Town Central 

19.Hermanus 

“Once a building is temporarily shut for decontamination, alternative

accommodation is arranged for the CSC so that our communities still have access to

service points. SAPS has sent out alerts and notices to immediately inform the public

of alternative accommodation at stations where members have tested positive,” Cele said.