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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Fort Hare university confirms 125 Covid-19 cases

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Fort Hare university confirms 125 Covid-19 cases

October 22 2020 - 08:30

Fort Hare university confirms 125 Covid-19 cases

The University of Fort Hare has announced that there are 125 confirmed Covid-19 cases at the Eastern Cape tertiary institution.

According to spokesperson Tandi Mapukata, the East London campus has 27 new cases — including 25 students, a driver and a security guard.

Fort Hare university confirms 125 Covid-19 cases

October 22 2020 - 07:56

Parties blamed as Covid-19 cases climb in Mangaung

Officials in the Bloemfontein-based Mangaung municipality are worried because of a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the past week.

It attributed the spike to an increase in social gatherings, at which health and safety protocols are not followed.

“Social gatherings and parties over weekends have increased, with patrons ignoring health measures which can save lives. Scientists in the country have warned that the risk of a second wave still exists and is high, and this is evident in our city,” said municipal spokesperson, Andile Khedama.

Parties blamed as Covid-19 cases climb in Mangaung

October 22 2020 - 07:24

Covid testing and tracing campaign launched in Eastern Cape after students test positive

The health department in the Eastern Cape has launched a testing and tracing campaign after 30 Fort Hare University students tested positive for Covid-19.

The students tested positive amid allegations of non-compliance with level 1 regulations where masks were not worn, social distancing was not observed, and sanitising of hands not done at a tavern in Quigney, East London.

Covid testing and tracing campaign launched in Eastern Cape after...

October 22 2020 - 06:44

Not just any mask will do — buffs and masks with valves are pretty ineffective

They may be more comfortable and easier to breathe through, but face masks with valves or vents, masks with a single layer of thin fabric and neck buffs are not effective in containing the droplets we expel when talking, sneezing or coughing.

That’s according to updated mask guidelines published by the trade, industry and competition department this month for the local clothing and textile industry, pertaining to the making of masks intended for use by the public.

Not just any mask will do — buffs and masks with valves are pretty...

October 22 2020 - 06:15

Bandile Masuku and Khusela Diko to face ANC disciplinary hearings

The ANC in Gauteng has resolved to refer the province’s axed health MEC Bandile Masuku and suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko to the party’s disciplinary structures over their alleged role in PPE corruption and other tender irregularities.

ANC Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe made the announcement after a virtual meeting of the party’s provincial executive committee.

Bandile Masuku and Khusela Diko to face ANC disciplinary hearings