The South African government is currently under immense pressure to close the nation's schools with a final decision expected later this week. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 crisis.
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SA schools are waiting on the government to make the final call over whether or not they will close ahead of the expected peak in infections.
Briefly.co.za explores some of the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:
1. SA government mulling over schools closing
An answer to the burning question relating to whether or not schools will close is expected this week.
The government is currently debating one of the most sensitive issues in SA amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet is expected to have the final word on the matter after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga consulted with unions and the Council of Education Ministers.
The pressure is mounting to close schools with unions and the World Health Organisation itself advising against attempting to keep classrooms filled during the crisis.
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2. Restaurant industry to protest lockdown
The restaurant industry is considered one of the hardest-hit industries during the government's Covid-19 lockdown.
With numerous outlets forced to downsize or close completely, the sector is planning to make their voices heard later this week. It wants one million seats placed on the streets of the nation to protest the regulations that prevent them from operating as normal.
Operating under the banner of 'jobs save lives' the Restaurant Association of SA has been calling for support.
3. SA records over 350 000 cases, nearly 5 000 deaths
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
In the most recent statement issued by the minister, Mkhize confirmed that 13 285 new cases had been reported:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 350 879 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 13 285 new cases identified."
Mkhize also noted 144 new Covid-19-related fatalities, bringing the death toll to just under 5 000:
"Regrettably we report 144 new Covid-19-related deaths. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 4948. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased. The number of recoveries currently stands at 182 230, which translates to a recovery rate of 52%."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had called on SA to adhere to the preventative practices announced by the state in the fight against the virus.
The minister is adamant that the government can't battle the pandemic without the help of citizens:
"As government, we have mobilised every resource, every faculty and wherewithal at our disposal to effect the necessary interventions. But government cannot manage this unilaterally. Every single South African now needs to focus on adhering to recommendations pertaining to non-pharmaceutical interventions."
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