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:
South Africans are currently looking ahead to relaxed restrictions for lockdown from 1st May.
At the long weekend government published a risk adjusted strategy for lockdown which outlines what South Africans can expect.
With level 4 set to be in effect from 1st May, several more manufacturing sectors will be opened and food deliveries can take place, though take-away and sit down is not permissible.
You can find the draft framework for the Risk Adjusted Strategy here.
Regarding COVID-19, there are 4 793 positive cases confirmed in South Africa. Sadly there have been 90 deaths. The provincial split is as follows:
Gauteng – 1 353
Western Cape – 1 737
KwaZulu-Natal – 902
Eastern Cape – 588
Free State – 111
Limpopo – 31
North West – 28
Mpumalanga – 26
Northern Cape – 17
In somewhat better news, there have been 1 473 recoveries according to the Department of Health.
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