President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for South Africa to include everyone in the nation's recovery. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
South Africa's government is focused on pulling the nation out of the slump caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Cyril Ramaphosa wants this recovery to include all citizens, especially those living with disabilities.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic:
1. Ramaphosa calls for all citizens to be included in SA's recovery
While the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the nation, recovery is on the cards and President Cyril Ramaphosa wants everyone to be included.
In his weekly letter to South Africans, Ramaphosa called for the opportunity to be used as an equaliser:
"If we are to ensure that the recovery of our economy and society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is meaningful, then we need to ensure that all South Africans are included and that all benefit."
The President explained that this is one of the key views stemming from the meeting of the Presidential Working Group on Disability.
The meeting had taken place on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with Ramaphosa further commenting that:
"While the coronavirus pandemic has caused great hardship for all South Africans, the impact has been particularly severe for many persons with disabilities."
The President explained why the pandemic had especially taken a toll on the nation's disabled citizens:
"The restrictions on movement and activity that were put in place at the onset of the pandemic, together with the pressure that was put on health facilities, meant that many persons with disabilities found it more difficult to access the health care and other support services they needed."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africans on the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health, Mkhize addressed the spike in infections:
"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 814 565 with 4 116 new cases identified since the last report."
The Minister also confirmed the latest number of fatalities recorded in the country, saying that:
"Regrettably, 139 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 124, Gauteng 1 and Western Cape 14. This brings the total deaths to 22 206."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that it is that time of year again, when thousands of teens flood the party scene to celebrate the end of the school year and for many of them, they are celebrating the end of school, having completed matric.
However, during a global pandemic mixing with thousands of random strangers is not the wisest thing to do and as a result, testing centres are being overwhelmed by Covid-19 tests.
According to Dr Kamz Govender of the Value Health Hillcrest Medical & Urgent Care Centre, many of the test are being requested by families who learned that their children's friends had tested positive for Covid-19.
"The past 48 hours has been overwhelming as a practitioner in the Upper Highway area with an influx of teens requiring Covid-19 PCR tests. This has been largely due to them attending the annual matric Rage event over the last week and having multiple friends whom have tested positive for Covid-19."
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