Covid-19 update: Matric rewrite exams postponed, booze ban remains

Covid-19 update: Matric rewrite exams postponed, booze ban remains

Any hopes of President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxing the alcohol restriction has now been extinguished. explores this and other top updates on the coronavirus crisis.

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The Department of Education has postponed the Matric Rewrite Exams and President Cyril Ramaphosa has snubbed calls for a relaxed alcohol ban. explores this and other updates as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Covid-19: Dept of Education postpones mid-year Matric rewrite exams

The Department of Education has opted to postpone the Matric rewrite examinations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll of the nation's schooling system.

In a statement issued by the department, it was confirmed that the exam that provides hope for thousands of people to obtain further education will now be put on ice.

"The Department of Basic Education has postponed the May/June Amended Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate Examination. This is the matric examination which was to be written by more than 350 000 part-time candidates who include those who did not meet the pass requirements in the 2019 final exams as well as those who sought to rewrite to improve their marks."

2. Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 2 783 cases, 50 deaths in South Africa

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again filled citizens in on the latest statistics as the nation continues its battle against the coronavirus.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize confirmed that the number of cases continues to rise commenting that.

"As at today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 2 783. The total number of tests conducted to date is 100 827."

3. Covid-19: Ramaphosa snubs Gauteng Liquor Forum's request to end ban

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declined the Gauteng Liquor Forum's request for members to be allowed to sell alcohol during the national lockdown.

The Forum had sought to challenge the government in the Constitutional Court, with Ramaphosa requesting time until the end of the week to meet with the Covid-19 response council.

The answer, despite hints of a possible concession, has come back a resounding no with Ramaphosa commenting.

"The President has carefully considered the representations made by the Gauteng Liquor Forum. These however have had to be weighed up against the imperative of all South African businesses and citizens to comply with the lockdown regulations, the health implications of consumption of alcohol and the priority to ensure social distancing during this principle. As such, alcohol is not considered an essential good or item. It is in fact considered a hindrance to the fight against the coronavirus."

4. Roast chicken and pies removed from stores as lockdown rules enforced

Woolworths, Checkers and Shoprite will have to halt the sale of hot food such as pies, roasted chicken and bread that is baked in the store.

This follows a warning from the government that retailers were not allowed to sell hot food from the beginning of lockdown. learned that the authorities are clamping down on the lockdown rules at the same time as some are being relaxed such as hardware stores selling to plumbers and electricians.

5. Covid-19: 24 Dis-Chem staff in Boksburg test positive for coronavirus

24 staff members of the Boksburg Dis-Chem branch have tested positive Covid-19. The employees were all symptom-free when they were tested according to Dis-Chem.

"All of these are symptom-free," said Dis-Chem national clinic manager Lizeth Kruger following the testing of 132 employees. learned that Kruger said that the first positive case was confirmed on the 9th of April. After which all the close contacts of the infected were screened in accordance with the department of health's protocol.

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