Covid-19 update: Back-to-school dates announced, cases hit 30 967

Covid-19 update: Back-to-school dates announced, cases hit 30 967

South Africa is set to welcome millions of workers and even school children back after two months under lockdown. explores the latest updates on the situation.

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With millions of workers set to return and students due to arrive in classes on Monday, the continued climb of Covid-19 infections remains a massive cause for concern. breaks down some of the top stories on the pandemic in South Africa:

1. Explainer: Motshekga's Covid-19 back-to-school plan published

The Department of Basic Education has gazetted the updated academic calendar for SA schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published on Friday, Minister Angie Motshekga had explained that the slow return of students would take place in phases, with the last group returning in August.

The minister made it clear that only schools that complied with health, safety and social distancing measures would be opening.

Return to school dates:

  • 1 June 2020- Grade 7, Grade 12 and School of Skills Year 4
  • 6 July 2020- Early Childhood Development, Grade R, Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 10, Grade 11, School of Skills Years 2 and 3
  • 3 August- Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 8, Grade 9, School of Skills Year 1

2. Mbalula reveals what the Department of Transport says about level 3

South Africans are not happy with the outcome of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) inquiry into the death of Collins Khoza.

The family has said that the report did does not do justice to Collins:

"The report by the SANDF is rubbish. We do not accept it, the evidence completely contradicts this report. It is ridiculous to say he died of some other cause," Wikus Steyl, of Ian Levitt Attorneys, said. learned that the SANDF had cleared the soldiers of any wrongdoing and said that they were not liable for the death of Collins Khoza.

3. Covid-19 infections hit 30 967 as over 1 700 citizens test positive

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa has reached nearly 31 000 coronavirus infections on Saturday.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministery, Mkhize reported that over 1 700 new infections had been discovered:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 30 967, with 1727 new cases reported from the last 24-hour testing cycle. Regrettably, we report 32 more COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 643. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The recoveries to date are 16 116 which translates to a recovery rate of 52%."

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