South Africa’s president has authorized the deployment of an additional 73,180 soldiers to help police enforce lockdown regulations intended to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In a letter to parliament, Cyril Ramaphosa said the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase across the country and the troops will help maintain law and order so citizens adhere to the lockdown restrictions.
Ramaphosa initially deployed 2,280 troops on March 27 but decided to increase their numbers as some people continue to flaunt the rules. He said the additional troops will be deployed until June 26.
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