Police Minister Bheki Cele has noted the deaths of police officers due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on SA's battle against the virus.
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President Ramaphosa was accused of breaking lockdown, while Minister Bheki Cele noted the death of members of the SAPS.
Briefly.co.za explores some of the top stories on Covid-19 in SA:
1. Fact Check: No, Ramaphosa and ANC bigwigs didn't party during lockdown
A post on social media recently went viral claiming that ANC hotshots including President Cyril Ramaphosa had violated lockdown.
The post was shared along with photos of an event where politicians could be seen hugging, claiming that:
“On the 6th June 2020 it was totally permissible for President Ramaphosa and over 50 ANC members not to wear a mask at a birthday party, NO social Distancing and they were hugging each other … It really doesn’t make sense.”
However, the photos were actually of a celebration that took place over two years ago.
2. Covid-19: Chinese cases increase to highest number since April
China has reported that new Covid-19 infections have increased to its highest numbers since April. Infection rates are up across the region, with South Korea also reporting an increase.
Cases in Beijing have been linked to a wholesale food market, which had been shut on Saturday. China News Service reported that 27 workers are employed there and 9 of them had either direct or indirect exposure to the virus.
The Xinfadi market was shut after 50 people tested positive for the virus. These were the first confirmed cases in the Chinese capital in 50 days.
3. Taxis snub R1bil offer, demand billions more from government
Taxi bosses have dismissed a R1.1bn Covid-19 relief offer from the government. Instead, they are threatening to bring SA to a grinding halt unless the government coughs up billions more.
The proposed R1.bn would be a once-off payment was rejected during negotiations between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and transport minister Fikile Mbalula this week. Taxi bosses want R20 000 per taxi for each month South Africa was under lockdown, with approximately 200 000 taxis in the country.
This would mean a bill of around R4 billion. The taxi industry said that it would dictate the terms and use their figures in future negotiations. Briefly.co.za learned that recently taxi organisations have announced increases of between 10% and 25% across the country. Under lockdown regulations, taxi's can only operate at 70% capacity in terms of passengers per vehicle according to the Sunday Times.
4. Bheki Cele: 14 police officers have succumbed to the coronavirus
Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that 1685 police officers have Covid-19 and so far 14 have died from the virus. Cele made the announcement in Soweto where the police and army were out in full force at a roadblock to tenure lockdown regulations are enforced according to SABC.
“We as the South African police, as you know, we are in the frontline and we still suffer. We’ve got about 1 685 members nationally that have been affected, unfortunately, a big part of them are in the Western Cape at 1 034. Here in Gauteng, we’ve got 119, in the Eastern Cape 186, KZN we’ve got 53 with 14 deaths altogether, and we are saluting those that are dying on the frontline, trying to defend and to make sure that all South Africans are safe,”
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