- The number of Covid-19 infections has risen to 55 421 cases and 1 210 fatalities
- In Cape Town, the city removed shelter to help the homeless weather the cold amid the pandemic
- The Gauteng Education Department lamented the lose of two teachers due to the virus
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South Africa continues to record spikes in Covid-19 infections with 48 fatalities recorded on Wednesday.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the nation's battle against the pandemic:
1. Covid-19 infections in SA reach 55 421 cases, 1 210 fatalities
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 statistics:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 55 421."
In addition to the rise in infections the minister confirmed that 48 more fatalities were recorded:
"Regrettably, we report a further 48 Covid-19 related deaths: 37 from Western Cape, 9 from the Eastern Cape, and 2 from KwaZulu-Natal. This brings the total national deaths to 1210 with a mortality rate of 2,2%. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased."
However, 31 505 citizens have managed to make full recoveries, with 56.8% of infections overcoming their battle with the virus to date.
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2. City of Cape Town removes shelters for homeless
GroundUp reports that the City of Cape Town has removed two large marquees put up in a bid to help homeless people endure the cold front expected to hit this week.
The Observatory resident, who chose to help the vulnerable, reportedly did not have a permit and the city moved in on the situation.
MAYCO member for community service and health, Zahid Badroodien, made it clear that city shelters should be utilised:
"No tents will be allowed to be erected on city property. We are in the process of increasing bed numbers at shelters. Anyone looking to access shelters will be assisted accordingly."
3. Two Gauteng teachers due after contracting Covid-19
Two Ekurhuleni teachers have died after contracting Covid-19 according to the Department of Education.
A 63-year-old acting principal and a 58-year-old teacher from Thuto Lesedi Secondary School passed away on Tuesday after losing their fight against the virus.
In a statement issued by the Department on this incident, MEC Panyaza Lesufi commented that:
“This is a huge loss for the school and the education sector in a difficult period. We would like to convey our sincere condolences to both families and the school community. We pray for their strength during this time of grief. Indeed the school will conduct memorial services to remember and celebrate their lives, in due course.”
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