Covid-19 update: Scientists discover virus can survive on cash, phones

Covid-19 update: Scientists discover virus can survive on cash, phones

A new study has shown that Covid-19 can survive for an extended period of time on some surfaces. explores the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seen world experts racing to explore this new virus to help the globe combat infections.

A new study has revealed that the virus may actually survive for longer than previously thought on certain surfaces. explores the latest information on the pandemic in SA:

Covid-19 update: Scientists discover virus can survive on cash, phones
Scientists discovered that the virus can survive on cash, phones and other materials for nearly a month. Image: Pexels
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1. Study discovers new information on the virus

Australian researchers have discovered that the Covid-19 virus can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days.

The results of the study done by the country's national science agency CSIRO were released on Monday, showing that the virus had remained infections for far longer than previously thought in a controlled environment.

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At around 20°C, the Covid-19 virus had remained infectious for nearly a month on surfaces like banknotes and even the glass of a mobile phone screen. The findings were published in the Virology Journal with lead researcher Shane Riddell commenting:

"It really reinforces the importance of washing hands and sanitising where possible and certainly wiping down surfaces that may be in contact with the virus."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics. In a statement released on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented on the number of infections:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 692 471 with 1 575 new cases identified since the last report."

The number of fatalities in the same period were also addressed in the statement with Mkhize commenting that:

"Regrettably, we report 107 more Covid-19-related deaths: 58 from Eastern Cape, 38 from the Free State, 4 from KwaZulu-Natal, 6 from Gauteng, and 1 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 17 780.

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The minister also confirmed that recoveries now stand at 623 765 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%. The provincial breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • Eastern Cape - 90 867
  • Free State - 50 851
  • Gauteng - 223 011
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 120 418
  • Limpopo - 16 326
  • Mpumalanga - 28 168
  • North West - 30 814
  • Northern Cape - 19 078
  • Western Cape - 112 938

Earlier, reported that economists have come out and said that South Africa cannot afford to pay the R350 grant permanently. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) introduced the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to fight the economic effects of Covid-19.

The SRD grant is specifically for people who are unemployed, over the age of 18 and not receiving any other social grant.

The grant has been paid out for people who applied and were approved since June and is set to end in October. The SRD grant is part of the R500 billion economic and social support package.

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