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’s a rainy day seven of lockdown in Johannesburg and there is some good news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic locally.

It appears as if the lockdown is having the intended effect of slowing the spread of the disease.

Infections in South Africa currently sit at 1 380 confirmed cases with 44 292 tests having been conducted. Sadly, there have been five deaths related to COVID-19.

“Looking at the trend we are seeing of the day to day new infections we are cautiously optimistic that we may not see the numbers rising as high as we had initially projected,” minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize said in an update.

The minister did, however, caution that Winter may change the dynamics of the pandemic entirely. The minister is however confident that we can make a real impact on flattening the curve so long as regulations are adhered to.

In other COVID-19 related news, Mkhize on Wednesday launched 67 mobile laboratories to increase the scope of testing.

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:

[Image – Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM]