Covid-19 update: 40 000 deaths predicted, Motshekga in spotlight

Covid-19 update: 40 000 deaths predicted, Motshekga in spotlight

The nation is slowly but surely heading down the path to relaxed Level 3 restrictions. Briefly. .co.za explores the top news updates on the continued battle against Covid-19.

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South Africa is slowly releasing the brake that held the nation under almost total lockdown for nearly 2 months.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the nations struggle against the coronavirus:

1.Covid-19: Licence departments, driving schools to open next month

Drivers' licence departments, vehicle registration and testing centres will be opened to the public from next month.

Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have only allowed for essential workers to access these services, including driving schools.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that strict hygiene and physical distancing practices would be implemented for the reopening of the licencing sector.

Learner driver licences, temporary licences, motor vehicle licences, temporary permits, roadworthy certificates and professional driving permits which expired between 1 March and 31 May 2020 are still deemed to be valid.

"Their validity period is further extended by 90 days. Motor vehicle trade number licences that expired during the same period are also deemed to be valid and are extended to a further period of six months."

2. Covid-19: Motshekga 'cannot guarantee' safety of school children

The group of experts are advising the Health Department on the current Covid-19 disaster with numerous warnings over the impending storm of infections.

A likely crisis will be a shortage of ICU beds with predictions indicating that the virus will claim at least 40 000 lives.

Experts have been giving scenarios that may unfold over the course of the next few months and provided some details to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and media representatives on Tuesday.

May is expected the see 30 000 confirmed infections with an estimated 475 deaths before Level 3 lockdown begins.

By November, it is expected that 40 000 citizens would have died and infections would run into hundreds of thousands.

3. Covid-19: Experts tell Mkhize 40 000 could die at peak infections

The group of experts are advising the Health Department on the current Covid-19 disaster with numerous warnings over the impending storm of infections.

A likely crisis will be a shortage of ICU beds with predictions indicating that the virus will claim at least 40 000 lives.

Experts have been giving scenarios that may unfold over the course of the next few months and provided some details to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and media representatives on Tuesday. May is expected the see 30 000 confirmed infections with an estimated 475 deaths before Level 3 lockdown begins.

By November, it is expected that 40 000 citizens would have died and infections would run into hundreds of thousands.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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