Covid-19 update: Zulu in hot water, SA reaches over 19 000 cases

Covid-19 update: Zulu in hot water, SA reaches over 19 000 cases

South Africa has hit 19 137 Covid-19 infections on Thursday, with Minister Mkhize noting the first infant death. explores the latest updates as the nation battles the virus.

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The nation has reached 19 137 Covid-19 infections and 369 fatalities on Thursday with peak cases expected later this year. explores the latest updates on the current crisis.

1. Covid-19: Minister Mkhize announces 19 137 cases, 369 fatalities

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another huge spike in Covid-19 infections in SA on Thursday.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministery, Mkhize relayed the latest statistics commenting that:

"As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 19 137. A total of 525 433 tests have been conducted to date with 18 572 tests done in the past 24 hours."

The minister also noted that 30 more fatalities had occurred in the space of the last 24 hours:

"Regrettably, we report 30 more Covid-19 related deaths, this brings the total national deaths to 369. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients."

2. Covid-19: Virus claims SA's youngest victim, 2-day old premature baby

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the youngest Covid-19 fatality after the death of a two-day old baby.

In a statement released by the Department of Health, Mkhize took a moment to acknowledge the nation's loss:

"Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19 this was a 2-day-old baby that was born prematurely and therefore had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth."

The minister explained that the mother had tested positive for the virus and transmitted it during the pregnancy:

"The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 as well. It is important to appreciate the complexities of the underlying condition of prematurity."

3. Covid-19: Zulu 'violated Constitution' with food parcel restrictions

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has been found to have led her department into quiet the serious situation.

The South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed that the department's restrictions on food donations delivered by entities outside of the government violated the Constitution's Bill of Rights. reported that the Democratic Alliance had lodged an official complaint with the Commission, adamant that the regulations were 'extremely harmful'.

Speaking to eNCA, Jonas Sibanyoni confirmed that the controversial directives had taken lockdown measures too far, highlighting it as a serious concern:

“The South African Constitution says that everyone has got the right to food. As such, nobody can intervene and prevent the provision of food. That is why the Department of Social Development has been found to be violating the human rights as enshrined in Section 27 of the South African Constitution.”

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