Covid19: Banks are 'super spreaders', sanitisers required at ATMs

Covid19: Banks are 'super spreaders', sanitisers required at ATMs

- Banks and financial institutions have been identified as 'super-spreaders' of Covid-19 and will be required to provide sanitisers at ATMs

- This information was announced and is included in the government's update about the adjusted lockdown regulations for Level 3

- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced that financial institutions must provide sanitisers in order to combat the infection rate

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Banks and financial institutions are now required to provide hand sanitiser at their premises and also at the locations of ATMs.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, announced that the government had identified ATMs as being 'super-spreaders' of Covid-19 because of people waiting in long queues to draw money.

The announcement noted that there was not enough sanitisation at ATMs and financial institutions must now equip ATMs with sanitiser.

Covid-19: Banks are 'super spreaders', sanitisers required at ATMs

Banks and financial institutions are 'super spreaders' of the virus and must provide sanitisers for patrons at ATMs.
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The minister was recorded as saying:

"The one new regulation is the one about the banks. It came to our attention that people, especially during the festive season, queue at ATMs but there is no sanitisation. The regulation now is that every bank or financial institution must ensure that there are sanitisers at the ATMs."
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This announcement formed part of an update that the government gave on the adjusted rules of Level 3 lockdown, which South Africa is experiencing now. has kept up-to-date with South Africa's Covid-19 developments and recently reported on the new strain previously noticed in SA to have been found in a recorded in a case in Germany.

Germany has reportedly recorded their very first case of the Covid-19 variant that has been wreaking havoc in the country.

The first case comes after a family visiting South Africa returned home to Germany following their lengthy trip. According to reports, upon their arrival in Germany, the family had all gone into quarantine. Some days later, they had all tested negative for the virus.

A week thereafter, however, one of the family members began experiencing mild symptoms of Covid-19, subsequently testing positive for the new and faster-spreading variant.

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South Africa recorded 13 105 new cases in one day. The country has reportedly recorded an alarming 13 105 new cases in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of infections in the country up to 1 259 748.

The number of deaths in the country daily is steadily rising. Over the last 24 hours, 755 people have succumbed to Covid-19. A bulk of which are from Gauteng. This brings the South African death toll up to 34 334. Yesterday the country reported 416 new deaths and today that number has almost doubled. The number of deaths daily is slowly climbing.

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