Covid-19 updates: Nearly 5 000 new cases, taxi strike looms for SA

Covid-19 updates: Nearly 5 000 new cases, taxi strike looms for SA

South Africa is moving ever closer to the inevitable 100 000 infections mark, with nearly 5 000 new cases reported. Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the pandemic.

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South Africa continues to face the economic strain of the Covid-19 pandemic, with cases continuing to rise.

Briefly.co.za explores the newest updates as the nation continues its battle:

1. SA records nearly 5 000 new infections

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided Mzansi with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Saturday evening, the politician confirmed that SA had recorded nearly 5 000 new infections:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 92 681."

After recording a staggering 94 fatalities the previous day, Mkhize reported 46 new deaths:

"Regrettably, we report a further 46 COVID-19 related deaths- 11 from Eastern Cape, 3 from KwaZulu Natal and 32 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1877. 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 2,0%."

READ ALSO: Taxi bosses threaten to shutdown Gauteng: R1 billion insufficient

2. Thousands of commuters set to be left stranded as taxi bosses strike

If emergency meetings between the taxi industry and the government fall flat thousands of commuters are set to be left stranded on Monday.

Briefly.co.za reported that the South African National Taxi Council had vowed to shutdown Gauteng after a R1 billion relief fund was announced.'

The industry is convinced that the fund will fall short of actually providing any real relief, with spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa confirming that the sector had lost a minimum of R25 million a day amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

Molelekwa told News24 that the strike will definitely be continuing and is expected to take place across the nation:

“The strike is definitely on. Gauteng has told us to expect a letter with their decision to embark on a strike. We understand the pressure on the ground especially in Gauteng. There is fear where banks expect payment from 1 July because the payment holiday is over."

3. Businesses accuse Minister of lying about UIF fund

Some businesses have accused Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi of lying over the reliability of the Unemployment Insurance Fund amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Millions of employees have not received their TERS payments of May despite the fund paying out R23 billion thus far.

TimesLIVE reports that Business for SA official Rob Legh has weighed in on the situation:

"The pressure that employers have felt from employees due to the late payment of their Ters benefit was exacerbated by the minister and the UIF commissioner blaming employers for the delays, which were the consequences of the fund's systems breakdowns. We do not believe that this is fair."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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