Covid-19 update: SA at Level 1, but Mkhize warns battle continues

Covid-19 update: SA at Level 1, but Mkhize warns battle continues

South Africa woke up to Level 1 restrictions on Monday morning, but Health Minister Mkhize warns that the battle against the virus isn't over. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa described Level 1 of the national lockdown as SA's 'new normal'.

Despite the easing of restrictions, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned that the country isn't out of the woods just yet. explores the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic below:

1. UIF Payments resume on Monday

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has announced that TERS payments will resume from Monday.

In a statement issued by the fund, Acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst commented that:

"We plan a payment run for all outstanding payments for April, May and June 2020 on Monday and Tuesday. After that, we will plan to run payments for 1 July to 15 August 2020 period from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020."

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Covid-19 update: SA at Level 1, but Mkhize warns battle continues
Mkhize warned against letting our guard down when it comes to the virus. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

Bronkhorst acknowledged that the situation had come at a cost to those who were dependent on the fund:

"We are aware that many workers around the country have been placed on a back foot as a result of the need to ensure that our systems stand up to scrutiny and we close the gaps identified by the Auditor General. While the inconvenience was greatly regretted, we are pleased that we have turned things around in what we believe is quick time and our systems are ready to make a difference in the lives of the workers again."

The delay had been prompted after the Auditor-General had observed a number of issues with the system which did little to stop fraudulent payments.

While the fund intends to start processing payments, it warned that incomplete claims or claims with outstanding information will not be automatically processed.

2. Mkhize warns SA that Covid-19 battle isn't over

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South Africa is now officially under Level 1 restrictions but Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned against complacency.

Speaking to eNCA, Mkhize said that the nation is not out of the woods just yet with a real risk of another wave of infections:

"We are now searching for the vaccine, but before we get the vaccine, we can't rest. South Africans need to know that level 1 isn't like everything is over."

The minister reiterated that now is not the time to let your guard slip, commenting further that:

"We have to make sure we take precautions. This Covid-19 can still resurge. We must not lose the message and be complacent."

3. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement released by the Ministry on Sunday evening, Mkhize confirmed another spike in cases:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 661 211 with 1 555 new cases identified."

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In addition to the new infections, Mkhize noted a number of fatalities linked to the virus:

"Regrettably, we report 13 more COVID-19 related deaths: 3 from Eastern Cape 1 from KwaZulu-Natal, 3 from Gauteng and 6 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 15 953."

Recoveries now stand at 590 071 which, explained Mkhize, translates to a recovery rate of 89,2%.

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