Business for SA has predicted that the nation will record peak Covid-19 infections in August. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as South Africa continues to endure the pandemic.
Business for SA says that, despite peak infections expected next month, it will take the economy years to recover from Covid-19.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the pandemic in SA:
1. B4SA: Covid-19 will peak in August
Business for South Africa is expecting SA's Covid-19 infection rate to peak during August. The lobby group has encouraged citizens and businesses alike to continue preventative strategies.
The group predicts that around 1.5 million job losses will be experienced by the end of 2020 with the full economic impact of the pandemic expected to take at least two years to fix:
"Against our latest modelling scenarios, we expect that it will take a minimum of two years for the South African economy to recover to pre-Covid-19 levels, keeping in mind that South Africa's economy was already weak at the start of 2020."
Leadership and workplace culture were highlighted as important factors in ensuring employees and customers are protected, according to the group.
2. Government considering proposal for lifting booze ban
The government is reportedly considering the Restaurant Association of SA's proposal to lift both the alcohol ban and the 9pm lockdown curfew. The association explained that the plan involves communities taking responsibility for local alcohol-related issues.
This plan includes citizens applying for permits to purchase liquor, tavern owners refusing to serve clients who may be drinking and driving and other measures.
The association says that, according to this proposal, problem areas would be banned from selling liquor if the situation got out of control.
As for the curfew, the association claims that the ban on alcohol made this restriction redundant. This proposal is currently being considered by the state, with a response expected by Wednesday.
3. SA surpasses 7 000 Covid-19 fatalities
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest Covid-19 statistics in SA's continued battle amid the pandemic. In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Mkhize noted an increase in infections, commenting:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 452 529 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded."
The minister also confirmed that South Africa has officially recorded over 7 000 Covid-19 fatalities:
"Regrettably we report 298 new Covid-19-related deaths: 77 from Eastern Cape, 61 from Gauteng, 9 from KwaZulu-Natal, 36 from Western Cape, 13 from Mpumalanga, 91 from the Free State and 11 from North West. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 7 067."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had challenged Mkhize to disclose the names of companies granted tenders during the pandemic.
Shadow Minister of Health Siviwe Gwarube has revealed that the opposition party intends to make a formal request to have the companies and their board of directors revealed:
"The DA will write to Minister Mkhize and submit Parliamentary questions requesting this information as a matter of urgency. Once this information is made public, we will do our due diligence to ensure that politically connected individuals have not been the chief beneficiaries of these contracts and that, in fact, these services are being provided in the provinces."
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