Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to address SA on lockdown regulation changes. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to plague the nation.
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be addressing South Africa on changes made to the current national lockdown.
Briefly.co.za explores more on this and other top updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:
1. Dlamini-Zuma to address SA on new regulations
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be addressing South Africa on Monday.
Dlamini-Zuma will be leading the National Coronavirus Command Council briefing and will be joined by Minister Ebrahim Patel and Minister Ronald Lamola:
“Ministers who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council will brief the media following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday 12 July 2020, on Government’s further plans to combat the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa. The briefings will be held on Monday, 13 July 2020 at 11:00.”
2. SA records 276 242 Covid-19 cases, over 4 000 deaths
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed another spike in Covid-19 infections:
"As announced by His Excellency President MC Ramaphosa, a cumulative total of 276 242 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been reported with 12 058 new cases identified."
The minister also confirmed that SA has now recorded over 4 000 Covid-19-related fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report a further 108 Covid-19 related deaths - 7 from KwaZulu-Natal, 15 from Western Cape, 22 from Eastern Cape, and 64 from Gauteng. This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 4 079."
Thankfully, over 130 000 citizens have managed to overcome their battle against the virus, explained Mkhize:
"The number of recoveries is 134 874, which translates to a recovery rate of 48,8%."
3. Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital treats nearly 3 000 trauma patients
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto has confirmed that it had treated nearly 3 000 trauma patients during June alone.
News24 reports that 2 730 patients were admitted to the hospital's trauma unit during the month of June.
Motor vehicle accidents, stabbings, assaults and other trauma-related incidents spiked when the ban on liquor was lifted.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had reinstated the alcohol ban in an address on Sunday evening.
Ramaphosa explained that this comes in response to hospitals recording a massive spike in alcohol-related trauma patients at a time where every bed is needed to fight Covid-19.
This also follows earlier calls by Zweli Mkhize to reinstate the ban with the minister lamenting the strain liquor had put on hospitals.
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