Covid-19 update: Israel blocks travel from SA amid second wave

Covid-19 update: Israel blocks travel from SA amid second wave

With numerous nations experiencing secondary waves of infections it isn't surprising that some countries are clamping down on SA travellers. Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates on the pandemic in South Africa.

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South Africa is currently experiencing its second wave of Covid-19 infections with experts warning behaviour needs to change or the situation will worsen.

While the nation battles to regain control over the situation, some countries have opted to clamp down on local travellers.

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

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The increase in cases has seen Israel banning SA travelers. Image: Valery Sharifulin/ TASS
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1. Israel bans SA visitors amid second wave

Israel has announced that it will be barred entry to travellers from Britain, Denmark and South Africa over a new strain of coronavirus was detected in these countries.

Israeli citizens returning home from these nations will also be facing tough restrictions, set to be confined in army-run hotels serving as quarantine centres.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a statement after the 'immediate action to prevent foreigners from entering Israel' was approved by the country's emergency coronavirus panel.

2. New Covid-19 strain sees Britain facing travel bans

European nations are opting to ban flights from the United Kingdom after the World Health Organisation called for stronger measures.

This call was prompted after the British government warned that the new variant of Covid-19 was 'out of control'.

The Netherlands has imposed a ban on UK flights and Belgium has said that it would follow suit.

Germany is contemplating a similar ban, with South Africa also being considered for restrictions.

Italy and Austria are also set to impose restrictions on British flights after the WHO called for restrictions to countries where infections had spiked to be doubled.

3. Mkhize on latest statistics

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

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In a statement released by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"Today the cumulative number of cases stands at 921 922."

In addition to the latest infections, Mkhize also confirmed the latest fatalities in South Africa:

"Regrettably, 152 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 105, Free State 5, Gauteng 1, Kwa-Zulu Natal 8, Mpumalanga 3 and Western Cape 30. This brings the total to 24 691 deaths."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mediclinic has opted to halt all elective, non-emergency surgeries in the Western Cape in a bid to manage the growing demand for space in hospitals amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The group has warned the public to adjust its behaviour and manage the risk of contracting the virus amid the second wave of infections.

In a statement released by the group over the course of the weekend, it was revealed that the number of people seeking medical care has now exceeded the first wave in SA:

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"Within the last month, Mediclinic has noted an increase from less than 100 admitted Covid-19 patients to more than 500 patients within its facilities across the Western Cape, including the Garden Route."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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