Covid-19 update: DA heading to court, e-commerce restrictions lifted

Covid-19 update: DA heading to court, e-commerce restrictions lifted

The Democratic Alliance has announced that it is heading to court to challenge the government over the current lockdown. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The DA is heading to court over the lockdown and South Africans are now allowed to shop to their heart's content. explores the latest updates as the nation continues to endure Level 4 lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

1. Covid-19: Alan Winde wants Western Cape to move to Level 3 lockdown

Premier Alan Winde says the Western Cape provincial government wants the region to be moved to Level 3 lockdown.

The politician is currently under self-quarantine after having come into contact with eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom, who died after contracting Covid-19 on Wednesday. Nevertheless, Winde insists that the province cannot sustain the current level of restrictions.

"With our health care system prepared, it is simply no longer possible to maintain Level 4 restrictions anywhere in the Western Cape or South Africa. The economic crisis caused by these restrictions has resulted in a life-threatening humanitarian disaster that will only worsen in the months ahead."

2. Covid-19: Western Cape has over 50% of new cases, SA hits 12 074

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize reported that infections have now soared over 12 074 cases.

"As announced by his Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, this evening the total number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 12 074."

The number of fatalities relating to the virus rose to 219 deaths, while the total recoveries climbed to 4 745.

3. Covid-19: Online shopping now allowed with exception of banned items

South African online retail stores may now sell any product as long as it is not tobacco and alcohol products.

Newly published regulations saw e-commerce sites freed from rules limiting them to the same small range of items actual stores are allowed to sell.

The relaxation comes into effect immediately after South Africa was one of the only countries globally to cease e-commerce operations during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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