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570 South African police officers succumb to COVID-19 virus

A total of 570 police officers have succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa while over 27,000 were infected, said Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.

A frontline worker receives a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 in South Africa. Pic/AFP

A total of 570 police officers have succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa while over 27,000 were infected, said Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.

He stated that COVID-19 continues to affect the healthcare system, economy and livelihood, adding that it “is also impacting on policing, infecting over 27,000 members and claiming the lives of 570 of them.”

“It is painful to see members of the police force dying of COVID-19,” said the minister. “At the same time we remain encouraged that over 25,000 of our members have recovered and are back at work, serving their communities,” he added.

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