SA has surpassed 400 000 cases and 5 000 fatalities while the ANC has slammed rumours that Minister Gwede Mantashe has died. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ANC has condemned rumours that Minister Gwede Mantashe has passed away after being admitted to hospital. This comes as South Africa passes 400 000 infections and 5 000 Covid-19-related fatalities.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the continued battle against the pandemic:
1. SAHRC and DA unimpressed by call to close public schools
The Human Rights Commission and the Democratic Alliance have both condemned the decision to close public schools. The SAHRC has dubbed the government's decision as both regrettable and unjustifiable.
Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa has caved in to pressure from teachers' unions, commenting that:
"This decision is not supported by the best available evidence, it is not supported by education experts and it is not supported by the virus data. The scientific evidence is that schools do not expose learners and staff to higher levels of risk than any other places."
2. ANC condemns rumour that Mantashe has died
The ANC has come out in fierce condemnation of rumours doing the rounds on social media that Minister Gwede Mantasha has died.
The ruling party has dubbed the fake news as heartless and inhumane, saying that the minister is recovering well in his personal battle against Covid-19.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe has slammed the comments claiming that the politician has passed away:
"To pronounce a person dead while they are still alive is not only insensitive and evil, it also goes against the spirit of ubuntu."
3. Mkhize provides latest Covid-19 statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with the latest Covid-19 statistics.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize confirmed that SA has surpassed 400 000 infections:
"A cumulative total of 408 052 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 13 104 new cases identified."
The number of fatalities recorded also saw a spike, with the most deaths recorded in the Eastern Cape:
"Regrettably we report 153 new Covid-19-related deaths: 48 from Eastern Cape, 31 from Gauteng, 38 from KwaZulu-Natal, 8 from Northern Cape, 28 from Western Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 6 093. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced that SA public schools would be closing.
The closure will last four weeks for the majority of students while Grade 7 and 12 students will be heading back to the classroom earlier.
This response comes after immense pressure from numerous stakeholders ahead of the expected peak in infections.
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