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:
As we prepare to surpass the original lockdown period of 21 days, South Africans are surely already feeling the strain of an additional 14 days of lockdown still to come.
As of 15th April, there are 2 506 postive cases of COVID-19 in South Africa. Sadly there have been 34 COVID-19 related deaths in South Africa to date.
In somewhat good news, testing is fast approaching the 100 000 mark, with the total number of tests to date amounting to 90 515.
Looking globally for a moment things look rather bleak in comparison to South Africa.
Total confirmed cases globally now sit at 1 918 138 as of 2:00AM on 15th April. There have also been 123 126 deaths associated with the pandemic.
Europe and the Americas still have the most confirmed cases with 977 596 and 673 361 cases respectively. Africa by comparison has just 11 367 cases.
All of our global data is compiled directly from the World Health Organisation.
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