The Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize has released the latest Covid-19 numbers showing an increase in new cases by more than 6,000 cases from 38,075 new tests done.
This means South Africa has overtaken China in COVID-19 infections which has 83,500 confirmed coronavirus cases.
China implemented a strict lockdown in the region and infections started to plateau in March 2020.
In South Africa, the rapid growth of COVID-19 infections and deaths has only started and is expected to follow a similar trend to China and other areas in the world.
Globally, confirmed Covid-19 cases are currently at 10 012 244, deaths at 499 486, and recoveries at 5 077 700. The United States is still leading the charts.
Teachers using fake doctors notes to avoid going back to work
Limpopo’s Provincial Coronavirus Command Council (PCCC) has accused some teachers of submitting fake doctor’s certificates, on their vulnerability to Covid-19 because of comorbidities, to avoid returning to work on 6 July.
In a statement released after its meeting on Sunday, the council said education authorities had received more than 700 applications from teachers to be exempt from attending school due to comorbidities, but only 400 had been granted.
It said they were still seeing suspicious medical certificates being provided with applications “from a certain section of doctors”.
Restaurants, Cinemas, and Saloons allowed reopening
Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday 17 June, Ramaphosa said that following consultation with scientists and provincial governments, the cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on a number of economic activities.
The list of industries which will be allowed to return to operation includes:
- Restaurants for sit-down meals
- Accredited and licensed accommodation (with the exception of home-sharing such as Airbnb)
- Conferences and meetings for business purposes
- Cinemas and theatres
- Personal care services, including hairdressers and salons
- Non-contact sports such as tennis, golf, cricket, and others
- Contact sports for training and modified activities with restricted use of facilities
Ramaphosa noted that the above would be accommodated under the eased restrictions in line with the restrictions on public gatherings that remain in place.