South Africa has surpassed 3 000 coronavirus cases with the number of deaths rising to 52. Briefly.co.za explores this and other top updates on the situation.
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The latest statistics on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa has seen the nation pushing past the 3 000 case mark.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as the country continues to battle the unseen enemy.
1. Covid-19: Mkhize confirms 3034 cases, 52 deaths in South Africa
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has noted a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa to 3034 confirmed infections.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize reported that the number of deaths has also increased, commenting that:
"We are saddened to report 2 new Covid-19 related deaths. The two deceased are from the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This increases the total number of deaths to 52. We convey our condolences to the families and also appreciate the health workers who were treating the deceased patients."
2. Trump lets China know that there might be repercussions for virus
US President Donald Trump has warned China that there could be repercussions if it is discovered that it was “knowingly responsible” for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trump has been increasing pressure on Beijing on its reaction to the outbreak. “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it,” Trump told a daily White House briefing.
Two of the world's largest economies were in a war of words at a time when international cooperation is most needed.
“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences,” Trump said. He did not elaborate on what actions the United States might take.
3. Explainer: Mkhize highlights benefits of alcohol, cigarette bans
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is the latest politician to voice his firm support for the ban of cigarette and alcohol sales in South Africa.
The minister explained that these substances have an undeniable impact on the health of people who tested positive for the coronavirus.
With deaths increasing to 52 as the nation enters its fourth week in lockdown, Mkhize added his views to the debate surrounding smoking
"The problem with smoking is that it tends to affect the lining where people breath and creates some reactions. In some instances, it can provoke a reaction where someone's lining is irritated and becomes easy to get infected."
4. South African teacher has been placed in forced quarantine in China
A South African teacher who lives in the Guangdong province in China. She is living in fear for her family and herself.
She works as a primary school teacher and her husband is a middle school teacher. Her identity is known to News24. She recently returned to China to resume her duties.
However, when she arrived in the province she and her husband were quarantined for two weeks, cameras were installed to monitor them and make sure they did not leave. She was tested for the virus on 25th of March and the result was negative, her quarantine period ended on the 30th of March.
5. SA stunned by couple’s backyard wedding: “Y'all got the Eiffel Tower”
A young woman took to Twitter to share details of her wedding. Kizi M (@Kizi_Sigudu) tweeted photos of herself posing in a beautiful white wedding dress and revealed that she and her partner tied the knot in their backyard.
Briefly.co.za noted that the post sparked a huge reaction, with more than 17 000 likes in the process.
Many admired the fact that the nationwide lockdown was not enough to stop the lovebirds. However, some were critical and even called on the authorities to take action. Briefly.co.za gathered it to be an extremely intimate affair due to the lack of wedding guests.
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