England has opted for a return to lockdown measures, entering their second lockdown on Thursday. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and abroad.
Citizens in England had their final round of drinks and shopped at certain outlets for the last time in a while on Thursday.
This comes as the UK enters its second coronavirus lockdown in the face of rising fatalities.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. England enters second lockdown
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has abandoned a newly-introduced system of regional restrictions in favour of a national shutdown.
Johnson warned that hospitals may soon be overwhelmed by infections while the death toll is hitting the highest numbers in six-months.
AFP reports that the lockdown has public backing but concerns are now being raised over the impact on the economy.
The Prime Minister announced that the lockdown will end 'automatically' on December 2 at which point the nation will adopt a tiered system of restrictions much like SA's own approach, eNCA reports.
Johnson explained that other nations are suffering due to the pandemic, a risk he isn't willing to take:
"When I look at what is happening now among some of our continental friends, and I see doctors who have tested positive being ordered to work on COVID wards and patients airlifted to hospital in some other countries simply to make space, I can reach only one conclusion. I'm not prepared to take the risk with the lives of the British people."
2. Mkhize on latest stats
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, Mkhize confirmed another spike in infections:
"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 730 548 with 1 712 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the increase in cases, Mkhize confirmed another increase in fatalities:
"Regrettably, we report 46 COVID-19 related deaths today: 24 from Eastern Cape, 9 from Gauteng, 3 from the Free State, 5 from KwaZulu Natal, 1 from Northern Cape and 4 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 585."
Mkhize commented that recoveries now stand at 660 185 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that numerous nations, including Europe and North America, are facing a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has made it clear that it isn't too late to get the situation under control:
"Seize the opportunity, it’s not too late. We all have a role to play in suppressing transmission and we have seen across the world that it’s possible."
Much like the first wave of infections that gripped the globe, Ghebreyesus pointed out that the solution to the crisis remains simple:
“This is another critical moment for action. Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose."
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