Covid-19 update: SA being put to the test, says Cyril

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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to a total of 402, Health minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed.

Northwest has now joined the list of provinces with confirmed cases with four persons testing positive. A week into the declaration of a national state of disaster, President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa’s very existence as a nation is being put to the test. “The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread at a relentless pace across the globe. As nations of the world we find ourselves in the same fight: to contain the virus, to protect the lives of our people, and to fortify our economies against the inevitable disruption to manufacturing, productivity, growth and employment,” Ramaphosa said. He applauded South Africans for taking charge of their own health and those around them, saying it has been heartening. Meanwhile, the rand has slumped to R17.70/$ as investors dump risky assets. The losses came as the US Senate failed to agree on a $1.6 trillion (R28 trillion) stimulus packaged designed to boost the coronavirus-stricken economy. Moody's is expected to downgrade South African government bonds to "junk" later this week. Nedbank has become the latest bank to offer clients some relief. The bank says it will offer all clients “individual solutions to cashflow challenges” due to the coronavirus.