Covid-19 update: SA records 100 000 cases, taxi shutdown ends

Covid-19 update: SA records 100 000 cases, taxi shutdown ends

South Africa has officially breached 100 000 Covid-19 cases as the country battles to limit the damage done by the virus. Briefly.co.za explores the top stories on the pandemic.

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South Africa is currently sitting at double the number of Covid-19 cases it had just two weeks ago as infections rise.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest information on the pandemic in SA:

1. Over 100 000 Covid-19 cases, almost 2 000 fatalities

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that SA has hit a grim milestone in the battle against Covid-19.

In a statement released by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that cases had pushed past 100 000:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has breached the 100 000 mark at 101 590."

Fatalities are also set to push past 2 000 on Tuesday with the minister reporting that:

"Regrettably, we report a further 61 Covid-19 related deaths: 1 from Limpopo, 3 from KwaZulu-Natal, 18 from Eastern Cape and 39 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 991. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased.The mortality rate is 2%."

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2. Taxi strike comes to an end

The taxi strike that prevented numerous commuters from getting to work on Monday has thankfully drawn to a close.

Briefly.co.za reported that the industry had rejected the R1.1 billion Covid-19 relief fund established by the government, demanding R20 000 per taxi and freedom to load taxis to full capacity and travel across provincial lines.

SowetanLIVE reports that Santaco chairperson Johannes Mkhonza confirmed that the shutdown was only for one day:

"Tomorrow, things will go back to normal. We will wait for the minister of transport to give us feedback on the issues such as operating at 100% capacity and the reopening of inter-provincial travel. We can only make a decision after receiving that feedback."

3. Principals ask Ramaphosa to shut down schools

A group of Western Cape principals have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Department of Basic Education, pleading for the academic year to be suspended.

The province is facing over half of SA's positive Covid-19 cases and the group are requesting that the school year should be suspended:

“We opine, with great conviction, that the decision to reopen primary and high schools on 1 June was the wrong one. We contend that the timing is bad as wintry weather brings with it seasonal illness such as influenza. The coronavirus thrives under cold conditions and will also augment and exacerbate the onset of the flu and tuberculosis."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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