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:

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:

It is day five of the national lockdown, and as more South Africans come to grips with being confined to their homes, so is the stark reality that we need to do everything in our power to flatten the curve on COVID-19.

At the time of writing, the National Department of Health has reported 1 353 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. This is up by only 27 from this morning’s COVID-19 update that we published, but perhaps most importantly, the number of recorded deaths as a result of the virus has risen to five.

Unfortunately the number of reported recoveries has stayed the same at 31, but that has not stopped government from urging South Africans to adhere to the lockdown. They’ve highlighted employers in particular, and pleaded that special concessions be made for workers who are eating into their allotted leave as a result of the lockdown.

“Inevitably, there will be challenges and the need to take remedial action. This is the case in relation to leave arrangements,” explained employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, earlier today.

Whether this call will be heeded remains to be seen, but with so much uncertainty as to the length of the country’s lockdown, more steps do indeed need to be taken by employers.

That’s it for this evening’s edition of our ongoing COVID-19 in South Africa updates, and we’ll be back tomorrow to report on how the situation continues to develop.

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