Covid-19 update: 80 412 cases, FITA calls for patience over tobacco

Covid-19 update: 80 412 cases, FITA calls for patience over tobacco

South Africa has recorded a staggering 80 412 Covid-19 infections and 1 674 fatalities. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic.

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The nation has continued to record a staggering amount of daily Covid-19 infections with the current number of cases sitting at over 80 000.

Briefly.co.za provides a summary of the latest coronavirus news below:

1. South Africa hits 80 412 Covid-19 infections

Health Minister Dr Zwelie Mkhize has confirmed the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

In a statement released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday evening, Mkhize reported that:

"As announced by his Excellency, President MC Ramaphosa, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa today is 80 412."

The minister noted with sadness that the nation had also reported 49 additional fatalities due to the virus:

"Regrettably, we report a further 49 Covid-19 related deaths: 6 from Eastern Cape and 43 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 674. We wish to convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 2.1%."

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However, the number of recoveries remains high with Mkhize explaining that:

"We also recognise that the number of recoveries continues to rise as well with the total number to date at 44 331. This translates to a recovery rate of 55.1%. Therefore, we currently have 34 407 active cases."

2. FITA calls for patience ahead of tobacco ban ruling

The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association has called for patience ahead of the High Court's ruling over the tobacco ban.

The entity released a statement reminding the public that this was no easy feat on Wednesday:

“We understand the frustrations of the many people who have supported us during our challenging of the cigarette ban in relation to judgment in this matter. Let us all be mindful of the fact that the record in this matter is approximately 6 000 pages long and the court has to apply its mind taking this and many other factors into consideration.”

3. Joburg mom evicted after testing positive for Covid-19

SowetanLIVE reports that a Johannesburg mother was evicted from her rental home after contracting Covid-19.

The anonymous woman had been living in a commune for almost a year, explaining that she had immediately informed one of the tenants of her predicament.

"When I came back I told one of the tenants because I wanted them to sanitise anything that I had touched and also to avoid using the bathroom that I used. She went around telling people that I was going to infect them with coronavirus as the landlord had allowed me to quarantine in my room. That did not sit well with the neighbours as they called the landlord complaining about their safety."

This resulted in the landlord kicking her out, something the SA Human Rights Commission says is a violation of her basic human rights.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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