Covid-19 update: Minister Tito Mboweni loses nephew to virus

Covid-19 update: Minister Tito Mboweni loses nephew to virus

Finance Minister has warned against complacency after losing a nephew amid the pandemic. explores the latest update on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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December has arrived and between the usual silly season emotions, citizens have spent the majority of the year under lockdown.

The youth, in particular, seem to be eager to let loose after a difficult year, but Tito Mboweni has reminded SA of the risks involved. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic below:


Mboweni lost his nephew to Covid-19 this morning. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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1. Mboweni loses nephew to virus

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has reached out to remind SA of the risk amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

While many are gearing up to celebrate the festive season, Mboweni's family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Taking to social media, the Minister said that the virus had hit home for his family commenting that:

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"When Covid-19 comes home, it is not a far away thing. So one of my nephews succumbed to this virus this morning. It is a terrible thing. Young fellow. Please let us look after one another."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africans on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"Today the cumulative number of cases stands at 892 813."

The Minister also commented on the latest fatalities recorded amid the pandemic, confirming that:

"Regrettably, In the last 24 hours, 184 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 103 , Free State 4, Gauteng 11, Kwa-Zulu Natal 8 and Western Cape 58. This brings the total deaths to 24 011."

Earlier, reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele was not impressed with Cape Town beach-goers after his earlier inspection.

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In a statement released by the Minister on Thursday, Cele explained that the transgressions had increased as the day went by:

“The country’s first Reconciliation Day under Lockdown level 1 on our beaches was less busy than usual. [Of] those that came out to swim, many did wear their masks and practised social distancing. However as the day progressed, the numbers increased and on some beaches there was a total disregard of health protocols which is worrying."

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