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:
It is the second week of South Africa’s new phased lockdown approach to re-opening economy while attempting to flatten the curve. While the way in which the former is being handled has proved divisive, the latter is not, with South Africa unfortunately surpassing a significant threshold earlier today.
That threshold is the 10 000 confirmed positive cases mark, with the precise number at the time of writing being 10 652. The number of deaths too has increased, with it recorded as 206 as per the NDoH.
It appears as if residents in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape are the reason for the recent spike in cases, with both provinces accounting for an estimated 84 percent of new cases. With several images and videos being posted on social media from 1st May onwards showing people clearly breaking lockdown regulations, the recent spike is not all that surprising.
The current breakdown of confirmed cases is as follows:
- Western Cape – 5 621
- Gauteng – 1 971
- KwaZulu-Natal – 1 372
- Eastern Cape – 1 356
- Free State – 135
- Mpumalanga – 63
- Limpopo – 54
- North West – 50
- Northern Cape – 30
As always, 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.