Bride, groom, pastor and 50 wedding guests arrested for coronavirus lockout violation

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On Sunday, a bride, groom, pastor and 50 wedding guests were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for violating the country’s coronavirus lockdown, which includes a national ban on public gatherings.

Local police arrived at the wedding after being informed by a whistleblower.

“A couple arrested on their wedding day in Nseleni, KwaZulu-Natal for breaking lock rules and regulations when they decided not to postpone their big day 1,” African journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika wrote on his Twitter, with a video of the couple getting into the police car.

Following the arrests, Mduduzi Mhlongo, the mayor of uMhlathuze, in South Africa, where the marriage took place, issued a statement criticizing the people for violating the coronavirus lock.

“We arrested 50 people in an illegal marriage to eNseleni. We also arrested a pastor who officiated at the ceremony and all those who were present. We want to appeal to our people to listen to what the government is saying. The number of people infected with coronavirus is increasing and that is why it is so important that people stay at home. We congratulate those who listened to the instructions, “said Mhlongo, according to the South African news agency Independent Media.

The arrests come amid one of the most severe coronavirus lockups the world has known in South Africa. The lockdown has prohibited all non-essential movement across the country, including the ban on the purchase of cigarettes and alcohol.

According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa and at least 11 deaths. While the lockdown in the country is extremely strict, according to the BBC, South African correspondents say that the country’s response to the virus has been “ruthlessly effective”.

Coronavirus in South Africa
Two men cross Long Street, usually one of the busiest and busiest entertainment areas with bars, clubs and restaurants in town, with a Stay Home billboard in Cape Town on April 3. According to the BBC, South African correspondents say the country’s response to the virus has been “ruthlessly effective”.
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Another similar incident occurred last week, with a second couple arrested for arranging a wedding when the coronavirus closed in South Africa.

The couple were arrested moments after taking their vows and the guests were about to enjoy the party. According to Independent Media, the arrests were also made in KwaZulu-Natal and were released on bail shortly after.

Globally, the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 respiratory disease, has continued to infect people in a number of different countries. According to the tracker, there are more than 1.2 million cases worldwide and more than 70,000 deaths.

The United States has become the epicenter of the virus, with more than 350,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths.

In contrast, more than 271,000 people have recovered from the virus.



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