An event at a popular bar in Cape Town has seen 89 positive coronavirus cases reported. Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
Tin Roof bar, based in Claremont, has been subjected to an investigation after it emerged that an event had prompted a spike in Covid-19 infections.
The vast majority of attendants that tested positive were matric students, a concern with exams looming.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest on the pandemic in Mzansi:
1. Event at popular bar sees 89 Covid-19 cases reported
A recent event at Cape Town's Tin Roof bar has seen 89 positive Covid-19 cases confirmed after attendants, mostly matriculants, were traced back to the Claremont venue.
An investigation into the event has been kicked off by authorities after a general practitioner contacted other doctors and then the Western Cape health department.
Department head Keith Cloete held a digital briefing on the situation which is a great cause of concern with matric exams fast approaching:
"This is where individual responsible behaviour and collective responsible behaviour comes together."
Cloete explained that there were other places where the young citizens had converged so the team involved is probing the possibility of other 'seeding events'.
Cloete warned that everyone is 'potentially a superspreader' while Premier Alan Winde cautioned young people to be vigilant during the final stretch to the year-end exams:
"Your whole year has been a rough year, but there are a couple of weeks to go, but please make sure we hold the course."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with yet another update on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Mkhize confirmed the latest number of infections:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 698 184 with 1 770 new cases identified since the last report."
The Minister also reported the latest number of fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours:
"Regrettably, we report 158 more COVID-19 related deaths: 22 from Eastern Cape, 19 from the Free State, 38 from KwaZulu Natal, 70 from Gauteng, 5 from Limpopo, and 4 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18 309."
Mkhize also confirmed that recoveries now stand at 628 301 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
The provincial breakdown of cases is as follows:
- Eastern Cape- 91 373
- Free State- 52 167
- Gauteng- 224 158
- KwaZulu-Natal- 120 859
- Limpopo- 16 547
- Mpumalanga- 28 466
- North West- 31 356
- Northern Cape- 19 630
- Western Cape- 113 628
Ramaphosa announced that the Covid-19 social relief grant would be extended for a further 3 months.
The President warned that there would be no further extensions with talk underway for a more permanent employment grant.
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