Covid-19 update: Mkhize concerned by sudden increase in fatalities

Covid-19 update: Mkhize concerned by sudden increase in fatalities

Land expropriation without compensation will move forward in South Africa after Covid-19 caused immense delays. explores the latest updates on the pandemic in Mzansi.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a number of delays in many aspects of life in South Africa.

One of the matters affected by the crisis is the highly-anticipated land expropriation without compensation endeavour. explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

Mkhize voiced his concern over a spike in fatalities. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
Source: UGC

1. Land expropriation moves forward after Covid-19 delays

Public hearings on the draft bill to allow for land expropriation without compensation in SA will finally resume later in October.

This was decided by the parliamentary committee on Thursday. The committee was established last year to clarify parts of the Constitution that allow for the expropriation of land without compensation as an option for reform.

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The Covid-19 pandemic had hindered the committee's work but now it is able to continue with this critical effort to address past injustice. President Cyril Ramaphosa made it clear that the nation needs to finalise policy in this regard by the end of the year:

“This year we are going to have to finalise the legislation and the constitutional construct on the land question."

2. Mkhize concerned over increase in deaths

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has raised concern over an increase in the number of fatalities recently.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize commented on this issue:

"There has been a noticeable increase in the number of deaths recently which caused us concern as we have received reports from the Medical Research Council that there have been no excess deaths for three weeks in a row."

In response to this, Mkhize explained that the focus has now shifted to investigating the data available:

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"We, therefore, consulted the provinces to ascertain the reason for the increased numbers. We have received reports that the provinces are implementing the recommendations of the MRC to reconcile the data with Home Affairs deaths data."

3. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 686 891 with 1 736 new cases identified since the last report."

The minister also updated the nation on the latest number of fatalities recorded in the country:

"Regrettably, we report 160 more Covid-19-related deaths: 18 from Eastern Cape, 6 from Free State, 105 from KwaZulu-Natal, 13 from Gauteng, 6 from Limpopo, 4 from Mpumalanga and 8 from Western Cape."

Earlier, reported that Dr Jo Barnes from the University of Stellenbosch had weighed in on the importance of proper water and sanitation. With hand washing and hygiene highlighted as critical in preventing infections the lack of adequate infrastructure has been apparent:

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"Maintaining proper and safe hygiene is particularly difficult for poor communities with inadequate water provision and insufficient, poorly functioning toilet facilities and dysfunctional waste disposal. Even prior to the pandemic, three billion people around the world did not have reliable access to water at home to enable handwashing, drinking or growing food."

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