On what was meant to be the first day of post-lockdown freedom in South Africa, the Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces recorded their first coronavirus-related fatalities. Briefly.co.za explores five of the latest updates on the situation.
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South Africans were meant to return to life as normal on Friday, but instead the two-week extended lockdown began.
Briefly.co.za explores five of the latest updates on the situation:
1. Covid-19: Limpopo, Eastern Cape records 1st deaths as toll rises to 48
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another increase in the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa.
In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize announced that positive cases have risen to 2 605:
"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 2 605. We also note that the number of tests being conducted continues to rise, with the total number of tests conducted to date being 95 060."
2. Covid-19 lockdown party sees ANC councillor arrested, suspended
ANC Limpopo councillor Tebogo Mamarobela has found herself in hot water after a video of her partying hard with friends went viral.
The Citizen reported that the Democratic Alliance had laid criminal charges against the Vhembe councillor after Mamarobela was exposed.
The video showed the politician enjoying herself with a bottle of champagne in hand surrounded by her guests, a clear violation of the current lockdown laws.
3. Fact Check: Yes, WHO has backed alcohol restrictions amid Covid-19
While alcohol was understood to be unhealthy for people in a general sense, many have been questioning if there were valid reasons to institute a ban.
With South Africa enduring lockdown minus liquor and cigarettes, the ban has riled citizens nationwide.
Despite hints that the restrictions might be relaxed coming from the Presidency, ministers forming part of the response team to the coronavirus have swiftly denied that any changes will be made.
The ban has received support from the World Health Organisation itself, the global leader of the fight against the virus.
4. Mbalula releases Easter weekend statistics amid national lockdown
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has shed some light on the Easter weekend statistics.
After what was arguably one of the quietest weekends in recent times, Mbaula commented that:
"This year’s Easter holidays came against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a nation-wide lockdown. With 70% reduction of cars on our roads, we must commend our people for complaisance. The 2020 Easter period was extraordinary as there was limited movement. Despite the lockdown there were those allowed to travel."
5. Students boycott online learning at UJ: "How is it reasonable?"
UJ's interim SRC has called for online learning and teaching to be suspended for the duration of the lockdown.
It resulted in #BoycottOnlineLearningUJ trending on Twitter as social media users voiced their views - many believe that online learning would be unfair and unreasonable towards those who do not have access to computers and the internet.
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