Covid-19 update: Mkhize explains immunity, Minister fined over lunch

Covid-19 update: Mkhize explains immunity, Minister fined over lunch

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize shed some light on whether or not citizens can contract the coronavirus twice. explores this and other top stories.

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has explained whether or not a person who has already been infected with the coronavirus can become reinfected. explores this story and more of the latest as SA continues its battle against the virus.

1. Explainer: Mkhize discusses if a person can contract Covid-19 twice

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize explained how the human body develops immunity against the coronavirus when a person becomes infected.

Mkhize says that when a person contracts the virus their body develops specialised pathogens to fight it.

This essentially decreases the likelihood of a patient becoming reinfected with the Covid-19 virus.

2. Coronavirus: Prophet filmed claiming he can cure Covid-19 in 3 days

A prophet, who reportedly preaches in Mpumalanga, has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. The religious leader was filmed saying he could cure the coronavirus. He was heard saying:

"I want to pray for those people with corona, when I am done praying for them, they will take three to five days after that time, they will be healed. I have a solution to this coronavirus, I can cure it."

3. Covid-19: Ndabeni-Abrahams charged R1k fine over lockdown lunch

Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has coughed up the admission of guilt fine of R1 000.

The minister was charged with contravention of regulation 11 B of the Disaster Management Act and served with a court summons for later in May.

The fine in question was determined by the senior magistrate for the magisterial district of Tshwane, with the R1 000 punishment handed over for the offence of failure to confine oneself to a place of residence.

The minister, according to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, now has a criminal record for the transgression.

4. Covid-19: EFF - Travesty if emergency funds end up in foreign pockets

The Economic Freedom Fighters have called for the emergency funding allocated to the health budget amid the coronavirus pandemic to be used locally.

In a statement issued shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech on Tuesday evening, the political party said it would be a shame if the funding ended up benefiting businesses from other parts of the world:

"We demand that South Africa should use this opportunity to localise the manufacturing of all Personal Protective Equipment with an acknowledgement that these will be needed in the entire African continent."

5. Covid-19: Spur adamant it won't operate under post-lockdown rules

Spur chief operating officer Mark Farrelly has sent a letter to the group's landlords, adamant that they will be playing hardball after lockdown.

The franchise had battled when restrictions were first imposed, limiting the number of citizens allowed in restaurants as well as the times during which liquor could be sold.

The subsequent lockdown, according to the group, came as something of a relief and apparently all Spur and Panarottis restaurants will remain closed even after lockdown has been lifted. As long as restrictions are imposed on the industry, the iconic restaurant group will not operate, highlighting immense losses during the beginning of the ordeal.

Ultimately, it would be cheaper to keep the doors closed than it would be to operate under restrictions.

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