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South Africa imposes strict enforcement of COVID-19 lockdown

The Guardian reported on March 28 that South African police and soldiers are now firing rubber bullets at people shopping amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The specific incident in question occurred on Saturday at a Shoprite in Yeoville. There were 200-300 people gathered outside of this location at one point, citing The Guardian's photographic archive. 

South Africa is a nation riddled with a violent statistic of HIV/AIDS cases, see Avert. HIV/AIDS compromises the public immune system. COVID-19 cases in South Africa have reached 1,100 at least. In a nation with an overwhelming HIV statistic, this could be a nightmare scenario if left unchecked. The terror over a heavily compounded healthcare crisis can contribute to the violent methods officials and law enforcement will use to impose the stiff lockdowns.

Locals stated that the police were beating anyone who would not comply with lockdown orders. Everyone is staying indoors for the most part. Some South Africans were visiting shops but this is not an option now.

Even so, the South African health ministry seems to fare better than many other nations in the Continent will if the situation escalates. This has been attributed to South Africa's more advanced healthcare system, citing The Guardian. Fellow African nations are concerned that hospitals will only be able to handle a fraction of the cases that are admitted.
Prevent the spread of COVID. Use the guidelines produced by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. 

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