Covid-19 update: Schools reopen, over 700 arrested this weekend

Covid-19 update: Schools reopen, over 700 arrested this weekend

The majority of South African students are returning to school on Monday morning while the SAPS reports that over 700 were arrested during the first weeeend of Level 2 lockdown. Explore the latest Covid-19 updates with

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Schools in SA are welcoming pupils back on Monday morning with the Department of Education saying it is ready for the occasion.

Meanwhile, some citizens are having a poor start to the week with the SA Police Service confirming a multitude of arrests over the weekend.

Explore the latest stories relating to the Covid-19 pandemic below:

Covid-19 update: Schools reopen, over 700 arrested this weekend

Some students will be at school for the first time since March. Image: Dept of Education/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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1. Schools reopen for most pupils

The majority of South African students have returned to school on Monday, many for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed.

In a statement on the situation, Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department is ready to welcome pupils back:

"You will remember that schools have been running from 3 August with Grade 12s, the Grade 7s the following week. That means that the system has already been warm and people were already in offices to prepare for the number of grades that are returning."

2. Cops among over 700 arrested during first Level 2 weekend

The SA Police Service has reported that the first weekend under Level 2 lockdown restrictions was marred by 'lawlessness'.

Over 740 citizens were arrested for crimes relating to lockdown in Gauteng alone with suspects expected to appear in various courts on Monday.

Among the hundreds arrested were two police officials who were busted by their colleagues for driving under the influence of alcohol. The pair will face disciplinary action in addition to the criminal charges.

In a statement on the arrests, the SAPS commented on one incident involving a 27-year-old Sedibeng constable:

"A 27-year-old constable was arrested in Sedibeng on Saturday night after driving into an accident, injuring a bystander. He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol as well as reckless and negligent driving."

The second incident involved a sergeant who ironically collided with a Metro Police vehicle while under the influence:

"A sergeant was arrested in Norwood, Johannesburg on Thursday night after his car collided with a Metro Police vehicle. The 37-year-old was arrested on the spot and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol."

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3. Mkhize on latest Covid-19 statistics

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has provided SA with the latest Covid-19 statistics confirming that 609 773 infections have been recorded to date.

Commenting on the death toll, the minister said that 72 new Covid-19 fatalities were recorded:

"Regrettably we report a further 72 Covid-19 related deaths - 11 from Eastern Cape, 41 from Gauteng, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, and 8 from Western Cape. This brings the total Covid-19-related cumulative deaths to 13 059."

Despite this grim news, Mkhize also reported that the recovery rate has risen to over 80%:

"The recoveries now stand at 506 470, which translates to a recovery rate of 83%"

Earlier, reported that the minister had confirmed SA has managed to overcome the 'surge' of infections expected at the peak of the pandemic.

Mkhize is optimistic that all signs point to the nation having passed the worst with the Western Cape predicted to have experienced peak infections two months ago.

The curve that was so often referred to during the course of this crisis seems to finally be flattening.

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