South Africa has hit 83 890 Covid-19 infections and 1 737 fatalities as the economy prepares to open. Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the pandemic in the country.
South Africa is heading towards 100 000 Covid-19 infections and 2 000 fatalities in the battle against Covid-19.
Explore some of the top updates on the situation below:
1. South Africa records 83 890 Covid-19 cases
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated the nation on the continued battle against Covid-19.
In a statement released by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that the nation has recorded 83 890 infections.
In addition to the spike in cases, Mkhize also noted an increase in the number of fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report a further 63 Covid-19 related deaths - 6 from Eastern Cape and 57 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 737. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 2.1%. The number of recoveries is 44 920, which translates to a recovery rate of 53.5%."
2. President Ramaphosa says economic recovery must be state-led
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the pandemic is similar to a war when it comes to Covid-19's effects on South Africa.
Speaking during a National Assembly question over how SA's economic recovery would take place, Ramaphosa commented:
"I have often said we need to look at the post-Covid economic landscape as being equivalent to a post-war economic landscape. The state has to play a critical role. Even in your more conservative countries in the world are saying the state now needs to play its role."
News24 reports that economists predict a GDP decline of between 5% and 10%, inflating already-bloated unemployment rates.
3. Zimbabwean civil servants get handsome Covid-19 allowance
Zimbabwean civil servants have received a 50% pay hike in the nation's local currency and have also been handed a handsome Covid-19 allowance.
Health sector employees had been staging protests at one of Harare's biggest hospitals, demanding to be paid in foreign currency, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Commenting on the situation, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube explained that the allowance would be in place for three months:
"Zimbabwe civil servants' salaries adjusted by 50% with immediate effect. In addition, a non-taxable Covid-19 allowance of US$75 per month [will be implemented] for civil servants whilst pensioners will get US$30 per month.”
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