Coronavirus: Government losing millions, townships may be evacuated

Coronavirus: Government losing millions, townships may be evacuated

The economic fallout from the coronavirus national lockdown was to be expected, however, some self-imposed punishments are causing the government to lose critical funds. Briefly.co.za explores this and 4 other updates on the situation.

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From the government choosing to lose millions in sin tax from the tobacco industry to them splurging on a questionable ad, Saturday has had plenty in store for Mzansi.

South Africans are feeling the brunt of the current lockdown measures, weekend or no.

Briefly.co.za explores five of the latest update on the current situation:

1. Coronavirus: Cigarette ban costing government over R1 billion monthly

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association has called on the government to rethink the unexpected ban on cigarette sales.

Over R1 billion will be lost to the state if the ban continues with the industry body warning that civilians could resort to illegal activities to bypass the regulation.

The report indicated that citizens may travel across provincial lines in an attempt to purchase and smuggle cigarettes, flouting lockdown rules in the process.

2. Coronavirus: Townships might be evacuated to slow spread of virus

A mass evacuation of townships across South Africa might become a reality in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

This would involve the relocation of tens of thousands of people across four provinces in South Africa.

The aim would be to reduce the population density in crowded areas such as the townships. Residents of Khayelitsha have been told that they will be temporarily relocated.

Taiwan and eNkanini communities have been notified of the plans. National Department of Human Settlements spokesperson, McIntosh Polela, says that these plans are already well developed.

“While this is urgent, it is also an initiative that requires a sensitive approach.”

3. Coronavirus: Hospital may close after 11 staff test positive

An unnamed hospital in Durban might have to shut down after 11 workers tested positive for Covid-19 after 20 were tested.

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala revealed this during a media briefing that was held on Friday afternoon.

Nomagugu Simelane Zulu, the KZN MEC for Health was also at the briefing. Zikalala said that they were in the process of tracking the people who came into contact with patients who are being treated at the hospital.

4. Covid-19: Woman locked in an office after showing virus symptoms

On Thursday evening, a woman was locked in a provincial traffic department office after the taxi she was driving in was stopped at a roadblock.

According to the police, the woman was showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

Butterworth Hospital officials were called out to the Kei Bridge area where the roadblock had been implemented.

Briefly.co.za learned that the office the woman was locked in was the same office they used to measure her and other passenger's temperature.

5. Coronavirus: Maimane wants to know who's behind this cringe ad

A short clip containing information on the current coronavirus pandemic sure has done its job in so far as capturing people's attention.

However, the video is turning heads for all the wrong reason as people seem to find it more cringeworthy than anything that has surfaced to date.

Even the usually outspoken One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane was indignant over what seemed more like a low-budget music video than an informative clip on a serious virus

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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