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Tuesday 5th May
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 257541 | Positive Cases – 7220 | Recoveries – 2746 | Deaths – 138
LOCAL (From Social Media):
3rd Round of over 1800 deliveries to commence week 11 May – Sea Vista community show their appreciation for the Food Package efforts with song and posters
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Surfer, 63, fined in Port Elizabeth for breaking rules – A 63-year-old surfer was arrested and issued with a R2,000 fine at the weekend for contravening the Disaster Management Act during the coronavirus crisis.
Overall Covid-19 tally moves to 7,220 cases, 2,746 recoveries – Seven more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 138.
Adriano Mazzotti denies ‘outrageous’ claims he influenced NDZ, govt to ban tobacco sales – Cigarette trader Adriano Mazzotti says his involvement in an urgent court challenge to the government’s cigarette ban makes it “obvious” that claims he is involved in the illicit trade of tobacco are “blatantly untrue”.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
Cape shop owner accuses police of stealing his cigarette stock – A Hanover Park shop owner has accused police officers from the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) for stealing his cigarette stock during the lockdown and says cops are now harassing him for it.
More than 200 South Africans stuck at OR Tambo after repatriation from US – About 250 South Africans who were repatriated from the United States of America have been stuck at the OR Tambo International Airport since their arrival on Monday afternoon.
WHO says it recognises benefits of traditional, alternative medicine as possible treatments for Covid-19 – WHO said in a statement on Monday that it welcomes innovations including repurposing drugs, traditional medicines
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Stop SA tourism industry regressing to ‘pre-1994’ disaster, minister warns – South Africa’s tourism industry must not be allowed to regress during the coronavirus pandemic to the point that it looks like “pre-1994”, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told Parliament
DA puts Ebrahim Patel under pressure to fully open up e-commerce – Trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel is under pressure to explain to parliament the rationale behind restricting e-commerce
Social grants blunder: Technical glitch, under-pressure staff to blame for double paying s Save & Exit ome beneficiaries and non-payment of 450 000 pensioners – The agency made accidental double payments in some areas and no payments in others,
THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING:
No, President Ramaphosa, this is not an intellectual exercise – The Presidency has closed ranks around Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s statement that government will not rescind the ban on tobacco purchases.
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
South Africa’s jobs shocker after the 35-day lockdown – Nedbank has published a new report on how the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent 35-day lockdown is set to impact jobs in South Africa.
Covid-19 impact on construction sector will be ‘catastrophic’ – Industry Insight estimates that up to 140 000 formal jobs could be lost as activity levels nosedive.
South Africa’s banks have coronavirus finance relief options – but don’t expect a debt write-off – The Banking Association of South Africa (Basa) has outlined the financial relief measures currently offered by its members, as well as the limitations attached to them.
Malaria ‘completely stopped’ by microbe – Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.
Vodacom launches 5G in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town – New spectrum given to mobile operators in April is starting to bear fruit as SA’s largest network operator launched 5G services in three cities on Monday.
US daily coronavirus deaths reportedly projected to double to 3,000 by June – New York Times says it has obtained document that suggests administration expects daily death toll to rise throughout May
Report on face masks’ effectiveness for Covid-19 divides scientists – Experts clash over research into efficacy of public wearing even homemade face coverings
Coronavirus: How to open a hairdressers after lockdown – Germany has become the latest country to relax its coronavirus quarantine rules, but across Europe, hairdressers are feeling their way out.
Oosthuizen: It’s going to be horrible to not play at Open – Former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen admitted that it will be horrible to not playing at this year’s major at Royal St George’s in Kent.