Update: Dlamini-Zuma postpones media briefing about Level 3 lockdown

Update: Dlamini-Zuma postpones media briefing about Level 3 lockdown

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the national death toll has risen to 481

- Mkhize said 23 615 South Africans have tested positive for Covid-19 to date

- 52 more people have died of the disease, including one prisoner in an East London prison

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has rescheduled the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) briefing to take place on Wednesday, 27 May at 12:00.

The NCCC, chaired by Dlamini-Zuma, was due to address the nation on Tuesday after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night that South Africa would move to Level 3 lockdown on 1 June.

Dlamini-Zuma, who has been on the receiving end of widespread criticism, was expected to reveal finer details of Level 3 lockdown this afternoon.

Ramaphosa is expected to meet a deadline also on Tuesday, issued by the Pretoria High Court, which calls for government to substantiate its decision to prohibit the sale of tobacco during lighter lockdown levels, The South African reports.

52 more South Africans die from Covid-19, 23 615 confirmed cases

Fifty-two more South Africans have died from Covid-19, including one prisoner.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the national death toll now stands at 481.

Mkhize said the number of people who have tested positive for the disease has risen to 23 615.

Out of the new fatalities, 49 have been recorded in the Western Cape alone, Mkhize revealed.

Prisoner dies of the coronavirus in an East London prison

TimesLIVE reports that A 50-year-old inmate of an East London prison has died of Covid-19 after suffering from respiratory failure.

Correctional Services Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the prisoner died on May 20.

Nxumalo said 246 correctional services department officials and 473 inmates have contracted the virus.

26 Mediclinic Cape Town staff test positive

Mediclinic Southern Africa has confirmed that 26 people have tested positive for Covid-19 at Mediclinic Cape Town in Oranjezicht.

The company said on Monday that this was in spite of stringent measures taken to reduce the transmission of the virus at all of its hospitals.

"Currently, 26 individuals have tested positive, including 15 healthcare workers. The individuals in question are all currently in isolation and will remain so until they are fully recovered," Dr Stefan Smuts, the chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa said in a statement.

The medical facility said it had arranged self-isolation accommodation for those in need of it. Managers will check in with staff every day, said the statement.

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53 AngloGold Ashanti employees test positive for Covid-19

Fin24 reported on Sunday that the Gauteng Department of Health confirmed that 53 employees at AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng mine in the Merafong district have tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of positive cases has now been confirmed as 164, of which the vast majority are asymptomatic (showing no signs of being sick), according to the latest update on the company's website.

The department explained that all positive cases would be isolated in line with national health protocols, with on-site facilities available for those who may need them.

Mponeng uses electronic tracking of all people underground as a safety tool in the event missing miners have to be located. This system has been useful in quickly locating primary or close contacts, Fin24 reports.

The management of the mine has indicated that underground production would remain closed until further notice, added the department.

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