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Thursday 2nd April
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Covid-19 Update #11 – Explaining Covid-19 to the kids – “Why are those shelves empty?” “Because people have bought more toilet paper than they need.” “Why?”
Statement of the Minister of Health Launch of Mobile Laboratories National Health Laboratory Services 1 April 2020 – et me start by conveying our deepest shock and sadness at the loss of Professor Gita Ramjee, one of our top vaccine research scientist and an HIV prevention research leader.
Testing ramped up in East Cape – The Eastern Cape government has ramped up Covid-19 testing in the province to quickly identify people who may be infected
LIVE | Zweli Mkhize’s warning to SA, US death toll tops 5 000 – Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.
SA approached China and Cuba to help curb spread of virus – ‘Every province must identify health professionals who can focus on Covid-19. We will seek reinforcements from other countries who want to assist.’
The great protection debate: Policy shifts towards masks in SA and elsewhere – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has urged the public to wear masks to protect themselves and others from coronavirus infection.
Expert panel to assess face mask use by public – This question is to be assessed by a panel of advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO).
St Francis & Kouga:
Santa says – Be Safe – St Home – Take the necessary precautions, but don’t get negative…
Other interesting news, articles & opinions
Here are the new driving rules in place during the South African lockdown – The Department of Transport has published new regulations which expand how many people are allowed to travel in a car during South Africa’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown.
THE OTHER SIDE:
“To feed my children, I must wait with all these people. I have no choice – grant recipient – “My children have not eaten since last night. To feed them, I must wait in the sun, with all these people. I have no choice.”
First inward and outward evacuation flights bring relief to some stranded passengers. – The rescue flights were the first since Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula eased the complete ban on all flights which he had imposed last Wednesday.
Over 100 South Africans stranded in Morocco waiting for lockdown to end – The ban on all international flights to and from Morocco has left over 100 South Africans stranded in the country
American fined R500,000, banned from SA for ‘stealing’ protected plants – He was also declared an undesirable person and has been banned from entering SA.
FNB says you can use credit insurance for coronavirus lockdown relief – here’s how to check if you qualify – South Africa’s major banks have moved to provide loan repayment relief businesses and individuals
Do credit rating reviews make any sense in the Covid-19 context? – SA’s downgrade to credit-risk junk status could not have come at a worse time and begs the question of whether credit rating reviews make sense in a time of crisis.
Focusing on tax compliance has helped raise R75bn in revenue – While SARS has had to deal with “bogus” companies trying to claim VAT refunds, Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said efforts to improve tax compliance helped raise R75 billion.
Great news for slow Internet in South Africa – The RENAlerts service from SANREN and TENET has reported that the initial repairs to the break on the West Africa Cable System (WACS) are set to be completed on the afternoon of 1 April.
Trump says he can’t confirm China’s coronavirus case numbers, warns of ‘horrific’ days to come – Trump said the numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,”
UK govt promises more virus tests as death toll jumps – Britain has so far carried out a total of 153,000 tests, while Germany is testing 70,000 people a day.
I WAS THERE: The day SuperSport Park saluted Jacques Kallis – The first Test between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in December 2010 proved to be an emotional one
25 years of Super Rugby: The professional era blooms in 1996 – A Jonah Lomu-inspired Blues romp to the inaugural title as South Africa, led by a peerless Sharks team, makes a decent first impression.
Addiction recovery during social isolation and lockdown – It’s more than a case of wishing people who suffer from addictions ‘good luck’ during the lockdown.
Killing the Holy Ghost: Inside the R145bn plan that would destroy the Limpopo River – When Vasco da Gama anchored off the mouth of the Limpopo River in 1498, he named it Espiritu Santo.