President Cyril Ramaphosa had called on world leaders to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine is distributed around the world. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in SA.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has pleaded with world leaders to make the Covid-19 vaccine accessible across the globe.
This comes after the UDM party lost a member to the virus in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Ramaphosa wants Covid-19 vaccine to be accessible
President Cyril Ramaphosa emplored that the Covid-19 vaccine, once it is available, is accessible to all countries.
Speaking to the G20 Leaders, Ramaphosa insisted that global recovery needs to be completely inclusive:
"Another immediate task is to ensure that there is equitable and affordable access for all countries to the COVID-19 vaccine once it is developed."
This included aiding poorer nations with the funding to have access to tools established to tackle the pandemic:
"I would like to call upon the G20 countries to assist with the funding shortfalls for the access to COVID-19 tools accelerator to ensure that this platform is able to deliver on its mandate."
2. UDM'S Filtane passes away after Covid-19 battle
UDM Deputy National Chairperson Mncedisi Filtane has passed away after contracting Covid-19.
The Eastern Cape provincial legislature member had been admitted to hospital on Friday with low oxygen levels and passed away on Sunday morning.
Just recently, former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani was laid to rest after also suffering the same fate.
3. Mkhize with latest Covid-19 statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa continues to record high numbers of new infections.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Saturday, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 765 409 with 2 646 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the spike in cases, Mkhize reported that a high number of fatalities had also been noted:
"Regrettably, 86 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 58, Free State 17, KwaZulu Natal 2 and Western Cape 9. This brings the total to 20 845 deaths."
The Minister also reported that recoveries now stand at 707 784 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,5%.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had expressed his concern over the increasing amount of daily infections being recorded in SA.
The Minister had warned citizens to prepare for a festive season under the shadow of the current pandemic.
The Eastern Cape province, in particular, was listed as an immense concern with cases spiking in the region.
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