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:
Day seven of the lockdown was a rather wet one for those on the Highveld, and it also brought some disheartening news, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising.
Added to this, the increase was also larger than the previous day, which means hopes that the country’s efforts to flatten the curve aren’t visible quite yet.
To that end the number of confirmed cases in the country is 1 462 at the time of writing, with 44 292 tests conducted. The number of fatalities have remained at five, however.
Along with the announcement of confirmed cases to date, government has gazetted some of the regulations it revealed prior to the lockdown. The amendments pertain to gatherings, and funerals in particular, with justice minister, Ronald Lamola, noting that the regulations are under constant review.
“We must state from the onset that the regulations will be amended and reviewed from time to time to deal with issues that arise during this period. Some of the things that happen, we may not have been aware of and we will have to strengthen and sometimes relax the regulations,” said Lamola.
As such the restrictions limited the funeral capacity to 50 people, along with allowing close relatives to the deceased being allowed to travel to the funeral, should it require heading into another province.
For now those are the only gazetted regulations, but more are likely to be amended, as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
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