South Africa to deploy 70,000 extra troops amidst COVID-19

South Africa in the latest of the measure to fight the pandemic COVID-19 has decided to deploy more than 70,000 extra troops to enforce lockdown.

The decision was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa because of the augmenting number of cases. The decision was taken keeping into account the troubles faced by security forces in enforcing the lockdown measures across the country.

Earlier, Ramaphosa has also announced an economic relief package worth $26bn intended to protect companies and three million workers during the coronavirus pandemic that involve tax relief, wage support through the unemployment insurance fund and funding to small businesses.

The deployment of troops is the highest since the end of apartheid in 1994.

South Africa in the wake of the corona crisis has some of the most stringent coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the world and since March 27 only those connected with front line services are allowed to move.

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