Covid-19 update: DA loses court bid to reopen Garden Route beaches

Covid-19 update: DA loses court bid to reopen Garden Route beaches

The Democratic Alliance has lost its bid to shake off the closure of the Garden Route's beaches. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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The Democratic Alliance recently attempted to challenge the decision to close Garden Route beaches.

The party has been met with disappointment after the Western Cape High Court opted not to overturn the ban. explores the latest Covid-19 updates below:

Covid-19 update: DA loses court bid to reopen Garden Route beaches

The DA was attempting to overturn the regulations concerning the Garden Route. Image: DA/ Pexels
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1. DA loses bid to overturn Garden Route closures

The Democratic Alliance has lost its bid to overrule the closure of the Garden Route's beaches.

Instead, the Western Cape High Court has opted to amend the hours of beach operation from 09:00 to 18:00, to 06:00 to 19:00.

The order was awarded with 50% of the DA's costs, with DA leader John Steenhuisen commenting that:

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"South Africa’s coronavirus response must always take into account the delicate balance between lives and livelihoods. Our country cannot endure any regulations which harm the economy and cut citizens off from their means to make an honest living in a safe and secure manner."

Steenhuisen called for the regulations to take science and medical advice into account:

"Regulations imposed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus must be within reason and backed up by scientific and medical advice. Anything less is a reckless assault on the livelihoods of millions of South Africans in an economy which is already on its knees."

2. Mkhize on latest Covid-19 statistics

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

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

"As of today, a cumulative total of 940 212 cases of COVID-19 have been identified."
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In addition to the latest infections, Mkhize also noted the recorded fatalities during this time:

"Regrettably, today we report 339 more COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 107, Free State 8, Gauteng 30, Kwa-Zulu Natal 45, Limpopo 7 and Western Cape 142. This brings the total to 25 246 deaths."

Earlier, reported that South Africa has made a R327 million payment to the World Health Organisation's COVAX facility.

Solidarity Fund chairperson Gloria Serobe has confirmed that the payment has been made after SA missed out on the initial deadline.

SABC reported that the deadline was missed due to 'some bureaucratic red tape', prompting the deadline to be moved to 22 December.

This deposit will now secure vaccines for around 10% of SA's citizens with the first rollout expected early next year. It remains currently uncertain as to who the intended beneficiaries are for the first rollout.

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