Covid-19 update: KZN government contemplating closing beaches

Covid-19 update: KZN government contemplating closing beaches

The KwaZulu-Natal government is contemplating closing all beaches during the festive season in a bid to combat the spread of the virus. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.

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The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government is considering drastic actions in a bid to avoid a festive season spike in Covid-19 cases.

The MEC for Transport in the province has confirmed that one of these possible measures is the complete closure of local beaches.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

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The provincial government is contemplating closing beaches in the region. Image: Frédéric Soltan/Corbis
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1. KZN contemplates closing beaches

The KwaZulu-Natal government is seriously considering closing down all beaches during the festive season.

Provincial MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liasion Bheki Ntuli explained that he is in talks with other officials over the possible measure.

IOL reports that Ntuli commented on this plan during a high-level meeting with other officials:

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“If we allow the beaches to operate during this festive season, we are not going to curb the spread of this Covid-19. We believe that if we close them, at least people are not going to die, and we will be saving lives."

While this may well help limit the spread of Covid-19 the tourism industry has raised concerns over the impact on the sector in the region.

Stakeholders issued a warning that closing beaches during this peak period it would devastate the industry and lead to major job losses.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Tuesday evening, Mkhize confirmed that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 821 889 with 4 011 new cases identified since the last report."

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In addition to the spike in infections, Mkhize reported on the latest number of fatalities in the country:

"Regrettably, 183 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 82, Free State 20, Gauteng 11, Kwa-Zulu Natal 13, Northern Cape 7 and Western Cape 50 which brings the total to 22 432 deaths."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Finfind, a financial services company, has published its report on how Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises bore the brunt of SA's lockdown.

The study surveyed nearly 1 5000 businesses across every major sector, with data showing the first 5 months of lockdown saw a significant decrease in revenue for 76.2% of the businesses.

35.2% Of the businesses had cash reserves saved but of these 62.6% thought their reserves would only last one and three months.

Debt, a lack of cash reserves, outdated financial, no access to relief funding, and the lockdown forced 42.7% of small businesses to close.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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