Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa has SA laughing, homes built for elderly

Covid-19 updates: Ramaphosa has SA laughing, homes built for elderly

President Cyril Ramaphosa unintentionally provided Mzansi with some comedic relief on Thursday evening. explores some of the latest updates on the fight against the coronavirus.

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On Friday things seemed far more spirited in Mzansi following the news that the current lockdown would slowly be relaxed. explores some of the latest updates on the situation.

1. Ramaphosa's battle with face mask goes viral: #CyrilMaskChallenge

President Cyril Ramaphosa has inspired a challenge after battling with a cloth face mask during an intense briefing on Thursday evening.

After announcing a phased approach to ending South Africa's lockdown on Thursday, Ramaphosa's mask got the best of him.

With the nation under immense stress in the face of Covid-19, the moment has become iconic and a source of endless amusement.

2. Heart-warming video shows moment 1st Covid-19 patient discharged in PE

The coronavirus has put the world under lockdown and the fatalities have instilled fear in the hearts of many.

However, South Africans have been given hope by the recovery of a Port Elizabeth Covid-19 patient.

On Thursday, Facebook group We Are South Africans shared a video showing the moment the St George's Hospital in PE discharged its first coronavirus patient.

3. Covid-19: EFF warns government against rushing to reopen South Africa

The Economic Freedom Fighters are concerned that the government is in too much of a hurry to open up South Africa.

In a statement issued in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on Thursday, the party urged for caution.

The Red Berets have also demanded government address the need to educate students, noting the lack of comment given on this pressing issue.

4. Government builds emergency houses for the elderly, SA reacts

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu took to Twitter on Thursday to show Mzansi the beautiful homes the government built for the less fortunate, especially the elderly, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The minister shared photos of the homes and revealed it was part of the ANC's plan to provide housing for people during one of the most crucial times. She captioned the post:

"These are the emergency houses we are giving, especially for the elderly that would opt out of informal settlements. We prioritise the elderly because they are the most vulnerable."

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