The national State of Disaster has been extended by another month despite the high possibility of a shift to Level 1 lockdown soon. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
The National State of Disaster has been extended after it was expected to expire on 15 September.
This move comes as both ministers and President Cyril Ramaphosa himself hinted at a migration to Level 1 lockdown.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. State of Disaster extended
Cabinet has approved the extension of the national State of Disaster to 15 October after first implementing it in March.
BusinessTech reports that the extension has yet to be gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
A statement issued on the matter commented that the decline in new Covid-19 cases was noted and welcome:
“Cabinet welcomes the drop in the number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks and the improved recovery rate that has increased to 87%."
Citizens were encouraged, once again, to keep practising social distancing and other preventative measures:
“Let us build on the momentum of this encouraging news and continue to work together to consistently do the right things, such as practising social distancing, wearing a mask when in public, and washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.”
2. Mkhize on the latest stats
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed the latest statistics on the continued battle against Covid-19.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 644 438 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded with 2 007 new cases identified."
In addition to the increase in positive infections, the minister also confirmed new deaths:
"Regrettably, we report 97 more Covid-19 related deaths: 17 from KwaZulu-Natal, 21 from Gauteng, 7 from Eastern Cape, 4 from Free State, 1 from Limpopo, 26 from Mpumalanga, 15 from North West, 6 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15 265."
Mkhize also noted that recoveries now stand at 573 003 which translates to a recovery rate of 88,9%.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had hinted at an address next week on a possible shift to Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown.
With cases slowly declining, the focus has now shifted to the economy which has taken an immense knock due to the lockdown.
Stats SA recently announced that the nation's GDP had shrunk by 51% during the 'pandemic quarter'.
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