Before we begin we’d like to take a moment to explain what is happening here.
“Why is a technology news website covering COVID-19 news,” is a question we’re bound to receive so we’re going to address it right here.
Regulations published by Stella Ndabeni-Abraham states that “all internet sites operating within .zaDNA top level domain name must have a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za”.
As we fall under that regulation, we are required to link to the Department of Health’s website but we’re taking that a step further.
Every morning and every afternoon we will publish an update regarding COVID-19 in South Africa. For the purpose of these updates we will refer solely to the following sources of information:
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases
- Department of Health
- The World Health Organisation
- South African Government
We understand that folks are doing amazing things with data-viz and there are comments from experts that can help, but our goal with these updates is to provide you, our reader, with accurate information from trusted sources. If the source is not reliable, it will not be linked here.
We will also be placing a banner on our home page which you can click at any time to be directed to www.sacoronavirus.co.za.
Our latest update follows on below:
Today marks the fourth day of South Africa’s national lockdown in a bid to flatten the curve and lessen the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Whether this plan brings about the desired result remains to be seen, but there are still 17 days left for the lockdown at this stage.
For now, expectedly, the number of confirmed cases locally is still on the increase, with it currently sitting on 1 280 positive cases at the time of writing. There are also two deaths confirmed at this time, both of which were reported last week Friday.
In terms of the breakdown for each province, Gauteng is still leading all others with 584, followed by Cape Town with 310 and KwaZulu-Natal with 167. Unsurprisingly it is the provinces with the largest cities and densest populations that are the worst impacted at this stage.
Added to this is a new report by the WHO, which says that COVID-19 may be airborne. Further analysis is required by the WHO, but this latest report is evidence enough that people still need to exercise caution and stay home in a bid to stop the virus’ spread.
As the country tries to combat this virus, it is important to adhere to the regulations that government has put in place, especially as there is still so much about COVID-19 that we do not know yet.
In order to stay up to date with the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and abroad, we advise the following materials and platforms:
- Dr Zweli Mkhize on Twitter
- COVID-19 Connect on WhatsApp – add 0600 123 456 as a contact and say “Hi”.
- World Health Organisation
- SA Coronavirus website
- SA Government
- SA Presidency