As at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 2605. We also note that the number of tests being conducted continues to rise, with the total number of tests conducted to date being 95 060. It is with regret that we inform the public that the COVID-19 related deaths is now 48. We note that two provinces, ie, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape have also recorded their first deaths.
We convey our condolences to the families. We continue to speak strength and appreciate our dedicated health workers who are faced with these circumstances daily. We are also encouraged by the increased number of patients who have recovered from COVID19.
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
In other news – President Cyril Ramaphosa rejects calls for lifting of the alcohol ban
President Cyril Ramaphosa has rejected calls for the lifting of the alcohol ban. Ramaphosa has instead directed liquor sellers to seek economic relief through programs offered by government.
This after the Gauteng Liquor Forum demanded that the total ban on alcohol sales for the period of the lockdown be lifted. The forum had previously threatened court action if this does not happen. It said the ban is unreasonable and unconstitutional. R4ad more