Covid-19 update: Plans for school resuming drafted, lockdown relaxes

Covid-19 update: Plans for school resuming drafted, lockdown relaxes

The Department of Education is beginning to put tentative plans together for when children are allowed to resume schooling. explores this and more of the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in SA.

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The Department of Education has drafted a proposal on how to slowly start allowing children to begin schooling again.

In addition to this, the alcohol restrictions have firm scientific backing with numerous studies indicating an impact on immune systems. explores these stories and other top updates as the nation continues to battle the coronavirus.

1. Covid-19: Dept of Education drafts tentative return dates for students

Students in Grade 12 and 7 may well be the first allowed to return to school according to a draft proposal seen by TimesLIVE.

The report stipulated that, should President Cyril Ramaphosa lift the national lockdown, the first batch of students may be allowed to return as early as May 6.

The draft post-lockdown recovery plan was discussed with teacher unions and governing body associations this week, reports DispatchLIVE.

2. Explainer: Alcohol restrictions could help SA combat Covid-19

Citizens have been up in arms over the restrictions concerning the sale of alcohol during the lockdown.

The government claims that drinking weakens the immune system and impairs the body's ability to fight disease, a concern in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

But is this claim true? Numerous studies have discovered that drinking, especially binge drinking, does indeed damage the immune system and the respiratory system's defence against infection.

3. Covid-19: Coke's largest Gauteng plant closes - Worker tests positive

Coca-Cola has had no option but to shut down one of its biggest manufacturing plants in Gauteng. This comes in response to one of their employees testing positive for the coronavirus, reports IOL. In an internal letter sent to employees, it was revealed that a worker from the Devland plant who had been on site on Sunday had afterwards tested positive for Covid-19.

Managing director Velaphi Ratshefola commented on the situation, saying that tracing was underway to determine who had come into contact with the employee

“We have increased rigid health and safety protocols as well as awareness to ensure the wellbeing of all within our operations. Upon entering our sites, all employees and visitors have their temperature taken and undergo a short questionnaire. Individuals displaying flu-like symptoms or with a temperature over 37.5C are not allowed entry to our sites."

4. Coronavirus: South Africa alarmed at Trump cutting WHO funding

The South African government says that the World Health Organization needs to work at full capacity with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc internationally.

Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Clayson Monyela signalled dismay at the decision to cut funding at this crucial time.

"It is alarming that this very regrettable decision is announced as this deadly virus strikes Africa and the poorest and most vulnerable states. The WHO, as the lead UN agency, is mandated to promote health and to ensure universal health coverage globally, is tasked to lead global efforts to suppress the transmission and stop the Covid-19 pandemic.”

5. Covid-19: Plumbers, electricians allowed to work as lockdown relaxes

Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced amendments to a few of the national lockdown restrictions. Vehicle repair shops will now be allowed to operate, but only to service cars used by essential workers:

“And also vehicle that are used by people who are rendering essential services should they need emergency repairs that should be opened for them. So those professionals who do that will have to be now working."

Plumbers and electricians will also be allowed to begin work again, with warehouses critical to the efforts to combat the coronavirus allowed to open:

“But also for homes, private homes, if you have a burst pipe or something goes wrong with your electricity you should be able to call a professional plumber or electrician to come and sort that out.”

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