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But given the uncertain times we are in because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Soccer Laduma has a responsibility to keep the Soccer Laduma family updated on the latest news on the virus, and how it’s affecting Mzansi.

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Here are the four biggest stories on News24 related to the COVID-19 pandemic as the third week of the nationwide lockdown comes to an end:

South Africa's epicentre - Gauteng now has 969 cases, six deaths and 479 recoveries.

The Western Cape has 675 cases, 13 deaths and 205 recoveries. KwaZulu-Natal has the highest number of fatalities at 20, with 539 cases and 96 recoveries.

The Eastern Cape recorded four deaths and Limpopo one - both provinces its first deaths.

There are 220 cases in the Eastern Cape and nine recoveries. In Limpopo, there are 26 cases and 18 recoveries.

The recovery rate in the Free State is 71 out of 98 infections. That province has four deaths.

The remaining provinces - North West, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape - have no deaths and 10, nine and six recoveries respectively.

The North West has 24 confirmed cases, Mpumalanga 22 and the Northern Cape 16.

Joburg man 'arrested while grocery shopping'

A Johannesburg family is crying foul after a family member was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he went out to buy groceries.

The family of 52-year-old Sikhumbuzo Mabaso, who lives in the suburb of Hillbrow, says he was he was taken to the Morningside police station.

Mabaso is a father to a 14-year-old son, who is now alone in a flat in Hillbrow.

25% of job ads scrapped in SA in 6 weeks – but some skills are now in hot demand

The coronavirus crisis has resulted in sharp declines in online job ads, with companies scrapping thousands of positions.

The property sector, as well as hospitality, catering and cleaning services have seen the worst declines.

RUNDOWN | Lockdown cannot be stopped abruptly

The big news coming out of the media briefing held by ministers in various departments is that the lockdown will not continue in its current form and that it will be "gradually lifted".

"The lockdown cannot be stopped abruptly," said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

What’s more, government is working hard at work to review the "gradual reintroduction of goods and services".

"We are seeking to avoid a rush of people all at once. We will be making announcements as we conclude and review," said Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel.

Lockdown | Alcohol ban strengthened to prohibit its transport, cigarette ban remains

SA's ban on the buying and selling of alcohol, save its use in hand sanitisers and industrial products, as well as the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes will remain in place until at least the end of the lockdown at the end of April.

The prohibition against the buying and selling of wine, beer and spirits, as well as cigarettes and tobacco products, was instituted at the start of the lockdown in late March. The lockdown has been extended for a second phase to the end of April in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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