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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | 'Covid-19 is killing our brothers and sisters, let's go back to level 5': EFF's Vuyani Pambo

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | 'Covid-19 is killing our brothers and sisters, let's go back to level 5': EFF's Vuyani Pambo

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July 6 2020 - 10:37

Hesitant return to school for three grades in Gauteng

On the first day of the return of the second cohort of pupils during the Covid-19 lockdown, mixed results were seen in grades R, 6 and 11 classes.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Monday thanked a class of pupils in Midrand for coming back to school, and thanked them for trusting her department with their safety.

Motshekga addressed a class of grade 11 pupils at Noordwyk Secondary School on Monday, and stressed the need for pupils to always wear their masks, practise social distancing and sanitise all the time.Hesitant return to school for three grades in Gauteng

July 6 2020 - 10:06

'Covid-19 is killing our brothers and sister, let's go back to level 5': EFF's Vuyani Pambo

July 6 2020 - 09:43

Hard lockdown considered as cases surge? Here is what Cyril Ramaphosa had to say

SA will not be returning to higher levels of lockdown despite the rapid surge in Covid-19 cases.

This is according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who confirmed that a decision to move the country back to level 4 or 5 of lockdown was not on the cards.

Speakingduring his visit to Mpumalangathis past week, Ramaphosa said a hard lockdown wasn't on the cards due to spiralling job losses.Hard lockdown considered as cases surge? Here is what Cyril Ramaphosa...

July 6 2020 - 09:42

India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

India announced Monday that it has nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic.

The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000.

The United States and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases but India's tally is not expected to peak for several more weeks and experts predict the one million figure will be passed this month.India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

July 6 2020 - 09:10

People under 55 without comorbidities slip down Covid-19 test priority list

With infections surging and a limited number of test kits, pathology practice Pathcare is restricting Covid-19 tests to patients most in need and at risk.

This is being implemented at all its laboratories and depots from Monday.People under 55 without comorbidities slip down Covid-19 test...

July 20 2020 - 08:14

‘Gauteng is ready, we did not request a hard lockdown,’ says provincial government

The Gauteng government said it did not ask the national government to allow it to introduce an “intermittent” hard lockdown in the province, but instead called for tougher enforcement of the current regulations.

“We are not calling for a return of a hard lockdown. We fully understand and support the current risk adjusted strategy which is being implemented by the national government and the president,” provincial spokesperson Thabo Masebe toldeNCAon Monday morning.‘Gauteng is ready, we did not request a hard lockdown,’ says...

July 6 2020 - 07:42

Schools have taken a hit, and it’s going to get worse: Motshekga

Dozens of teaching days have been lost to Covid-19, but it won't end there - and the full impact of this is not yet known.

This is the grim news from basic education minister Angie Motshekga. Schools have taken a hit, and it’s going to get worse: Motshekga

July 6 2020 - 07:40

Lockdown night out in Joburg — without wine

“I am breathing again,” sighs Kanto Razafimandimby on her first night out since SA reopened restaurants and casinos as part of a gradual loosening of lockdown, even as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.

“It really feels like my freedom is back,” the 27-year-old said while dining with three friends at Verdicchio Restaurant and Wine Cellar in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Fourways.

Saturday marked the 100th day of lockdown for SA.

The lockdown has imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home measures in the world since March 27 in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19.Lockdown night out in Joburg — without wine

July 6 2020 - 07:39

1,718 schools vandalised during Covid-19 lockdown: Angie Motshekga

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga said almost all the provinces are currently doing repairs to schools which have been vandalised.

A total of 1,718 schools have been vandalised during the national lockdown, she told a briefing on Sunday.

“What is disturbing is that the criminals continue to cause havoc in our schools,” the minister said.1,718 schools vandalised during Covid-19 lockdown: Angie Motshekga

'Older people among those at highest risk of getting severely ill and possibly dying from Covid-19': Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed concern about the outbreaks of coronavirus in old age homes. 

"The reality however is that in keeping our distance from our elderly parents and grandparents at this time we could be saving their lives."Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe on Twitter

July 6 2020 - 7:21

Second cohort of pupils return to schools across SA today

Learners in grades 6 and 11 are set to return to school on Monday.

Hesitant return to school for three grades in Gauteng