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“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.

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Our latest update follows on below:

It is day 25 of the national lockdown, and this evening President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the country to unpack some of the business relief funds and numerous grants that government is bringing to the fore over the coming days and weeks.

The entire package totals R500 billion, with a significant portion being created for those in the economic sector in particular.

Some of the measures announced by the President include a fund of R100 billion to assist in paying for salaries, as well as stimulate more jobs post-lockdown.

Added to this is a R200 billion loan fund that is being put together with the help of local banking institutions, with it expected to assist more than 3 million employees during this time, according to Ramaphosa.

As with all the announcements that the President has made this evening, the finer details still need to be specified, and will be fleshed out in the coming days with the necessary parties.

Looking at the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country, it has risen to 3 465 from this morning’s figure of 3 300. The number of deaths, thankfully, has remained the same at 58.

In terms of the different provinces in the country and the breakdown of cases, the numbers are as follows:

Gauteng – 1 199
Western Cape – 1 010
KwaZulu-Natal – 671
Eastern Cape – 345
Free State – 106
Limpopo – 27
North West – 24
Mpumalanga – 24
Northern Cape – 16
Unallocated – 43

Lastly, it is worth noting that the President plans to address the nation again on Thursday (23rd April) this week, focusing on the phased approach that government will be taking once the lockdown ends at the end of the month.

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