- South Africa has passed the 25 000 mark as Covid-19 infections reach a new high
- The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus, followed by Gauteng and the Eastern Cape
- Covid-19 numbers show that adults aged 50 and over account for over 80% of the Covid-19-related deaths in the country
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize reported that South Africa's Covid-19 cases now stand at 25 937, with 552 total deaths. The recoveries sit at 14 451, which translates to a recovery rate of 52% (as information is available). South Africa has also achieved a record 29 005 Covid-19 tests performed within a 24-hour period. Unfortunately, the country has also recorded its highest daily increase in infections with 1 637 new cases.
The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus, followed by Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. The Western Cape's confirmed deaths are now 387, which account for more than 65% of all the Covid-19 deaths in the country. The province has become of particular concern to the health ministry.
The country passes the 25 000 mark just as it prepares to enter alert Level 3 on 1 June. Alert Level 3 allows for more relaxed regulations and will see Grade 7 and 12 learners returning to school. The presidency also announced that Level 3 would see the opening of churches and other religious institutions with a maximum of 50 people allowed to attend as congregation.
Adults aged 50 and over account for over 80% of the Covid-19 deaths in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa said that as the country prepares for reopening of further economic activities, adults aged 55 and over should try their best to remain at home as they are most vulnerable.
The presidency said the Department of Education would be recruiting young professionals to work as substitutes for elderly teachers, who must work from home.
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News24 reported that four teachers in separate schools in the Western Cape have tested positive for Covid-19. Management staff has been back at work for three days as they prepare for the opening of schools on 1 June and already there have been four positive coronavirus cases reported.
The reopening of schools has been a contentious issue and teacher unions are taking the government to court over the decision to reopen.
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