South Africa has experienced a steep rise in coronavirus cases according to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Briefly.co.za explores the top updates on the pandemic that has the nation in its grip.
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South Africa has recorded over 4 000 new Covid-19 cases in the space of a single day, according to the Health Ministry.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at the latest stories on the pandemic in SA:
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1. SA reaches over 70 000 Covid-19 cases, 1 480 deaths
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated SA on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
On a statement released on Sunday evening, Mkhize confirmed that the nation had experienced a drastic spike in cases:
"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 70 038. Regrettably, we report a further 57 Covid-19 related deaths: 42 from Western Cape, 10 from the Eastern Cape, and 5 from KwaZulu-Natal. This brings the total national deaths to 1 480 with a mortality rate of 2.1%."
2. Restaurants, personal care services may well open under Level 3
South Africans may soon be able to enjoy a sit-down meal or even a hair cut under Level 3 restrictions.
Small Business and Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni explained that the state is considering opening these sectors under what it's dubbed advanced Level 3.
The minister explained that the call will be made after the Medical Advisory Council gives the green light:
“Already when the president announced movement to Level 3, he also announced what he called the advanced Level 3, which will include the sit-down and also opening up of personal care services... and we started developing the protocols. The challenge was on the tattooing part. The Department of Health officials we were consulting with were not sure whether tattooing should be allowed or not allowed..
3. COSAS demands students get tested before being allowed at schools
The Congress of South African Students has demanded that students get tested for Covid-19 before they are allowed to re-enter schools.
Deputy Secretary-General Xola Booi explained that the student body is well aware that schools aren't implementing strict controls to protect students from the virus:
“We have decided to shut down the schools as of today because we are demanding testing for all learners that are going to schools, not just screening because screening does not mean that they have been tested. We have a number of schools that we have already identified from all nine provinces.”
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