Deputy President David Mabuza has called for schools to remain open despite positive cases. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
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David Mabuza has weighed in on Covid-19 in schools, while Minister Bheki Cele got dragged for focusing on the lockdown more than gender-based violence.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that cases have seen a drastic spike:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 65 736, total number of deaths is 1423 and recoveries to date are 36850."
Briefly.co.za explores the top updates as the nation continues its battle against the virus.
1. Mabuza insists schools remain open despite teachers testing positive
Deputy President David Mabuza has said that if the academic year is to be saved, schools will have to remain open.
Briefly.co.za learned that this is despite almost a hundred teachers and 1787 pupils testing positive for Covid-19 in the past 48 hours, including the deaths of two teachers.
He told teachers and pupils to stay in school while on a visit to the North West according to IOL.
“Your classmates are coming back. What must happen now is that we must learn to live with the virus. The school is prepared so that we avoid some of you becoming infected. I am happy that you have saved the academic year. In three or four months, you will be sitting for your exams.”
2. Cele dragged for focusing more on lockdown than gender-based violence
Police minister Bheki Cele has faced sharp criticism for his focus on enforcing lockdown rules but ignoring cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in the community.
Thousand of South Africans took to social media to call on Cele to act against GBV.
Briefly.co.za learned that there have been a number of violent crimes against women in particular during the lockdown period. South Africans are still in shock at the deaths of Tshegofatso Pule and Naledi Phangindawo.
Police have not arrested any suspects in the Pule murder case but a man has handed himself in connection with the murder of Phangindawo according to TimesLive.
3. Mkhize: Level 2 a possibility for regions with low Covid-19 infections
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that there is a high possibility that regions with low levels of Covid-19 may migrate to more relaxed restrictions.
These areas may move to Level 2 or 1 soon, with the Minister commenting that this reality isn't too far off:
"I think we can get to Level 2 in a matter of a week or two weeks. It is a matter of adjusting. As we adjust further, it will be possible to get to those levels."
Mkhize explained that this would be possible for areas that have low Covid-19 transmissions:
"I do think that areas that are able to do that, are areas which are called the low transmission areas. These low transmission areas are areas where the number of positive people is low."