Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has been discharged from hospital while COSAS threatens to shut down private schools. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.
Minister Gwede Mantashe has been released from hospital and is heading home to continue recovering from Covid-19.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA:
1. Mkhize announces 445 433 infections, 6 769 deaths
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced the latest Covid-19 statistics in South Africa. In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Sunday evening, Mkhize confirmed that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 445 433 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded."
The minister also confirmed that the death toll his climbed up to 6 769 fatalities:
"Regrettably we report 114 new Covid-19-related deaths: 7 from Eastern Cape, 29 from Gauteng, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, 30 from Western Cape, 34 from Limpopo and 2 from Northern Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 6 769. 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 265 077 which translates to a recovery rate of 59,5%.
2. COSAS threatens to shut down all private schools
The Congress of South African Students has threatened to close all private schools in SA from Monday.
The group has been vocal about the closure since schools reopened last month and are unimpressed that the announcement only relates to public schools.
COSAS President Douglas Ngobeni lamented that the wealthy would continue with their education:
“The Congress of South African Students will be shutting down private schools in all parts of the country. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that only public schools would close. The virus does not care whether your father is a billionaire.”
3. Gwede Mantashe discharged from hospital
The government has announced that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has been discharged from hospital. The minister was discharged on Sunday evening after testing positive earlier this month.
In a statement released by the Office of the Presidency, it was confirmed that Mantashe will recover at home for another week:
"Though he has been discharged, he has been advised by his medical team to stay home for another seven days. We are grateful that Minister Mantashe is now at home with his family and on his way to a full recovery."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has tested positive, according to the Presidency.
In a statement issued on Saturday evening, it was confirmed that the politician had received his results:
"This was the minister’s second test to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus."
Nevertheless, Patel remains active in his role, even participating in the virtual parliamentary budget vote debate on Friday:
"Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine and will continue to work from home. Those who have been in contact with the minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested."
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