Over 250 police officers infected with COVID-19: Cele

Law enforcement officers conduct a roadblock on N1, Paarden Eiland.

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JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele says over 250 police officers have tested positive for COVID-19 in South Africa.

The police minister says the pandemic is straining the already stretched resources of the police service. 

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He said that in the Western Cape, 176 officers are now infected with COVID-19.

“The South African Police Service is equally concerned with the rising numbers of police officers who are infected with COVID-19 virus," said Cele.

"The committee developed protocols and SAPS members are screened on a daily basis when they report for duty."

Cele says he’s satisfied, that for now, they have enough personal protective equipment to keep them safe.

“Up to this point, we are fine with the PPE's we keep on adding because most of them can be disposed of.

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"But we believe at all stations we are fine when it comes to masks, gloves. One thing we couldn't find very well is disposable overalls the company defaulted badly.We think we are fine when it comes to those PPE's.”

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