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The total deaths in SA due to Covid-19 is now 611.
The Western Cape’s new scenario planning ‘has indicated that we expect to experience our peak at the end of June or beginning of July’.
The health minister and his advisers briefed the country on what comes next for the health sector and the country in level 3 of lockdown.
‘The mining sector has contributed substantially to 21% of all the new cases in our province,’ Makhura said.
The minister says three companies will be appointed to manufacture ventilators and the production of these is expected to commence in June.

Covid-19 Unused hotels to serve as quarantine sites in anticipation of level 3 infection spike

To date, a total of 1,751 facilities have been identified as proposed sites, representing more than 129,600 beds across the country.

Covid-19 Another church group chooses to put ‘lives of God’s people first’ and keep doors closed

This church said it would only revise its decision based on developments over the winter season.

Covid-19 Half of Covid-19 patients experience lost of taste, study finds

New research released this week has found more evidence that a loss of taste and smell are symptoms of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Cosatu calls for inspections of Western Cape hospitals

The federation condemned the ‘failure’ of many health sector managers to comply with health and safety regulations.

Covid-19 Covid-19 testing backlog is 96,480, government confirms

In a statement released shortly after midnight, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the Covid-19 testing backlog was 96,480, after three different figures were presented on Thursday.

Covid-19 Ndlozi challenges ‘PR and media-obsessed’ Lesufi to ‘come to the Vaal, the schools are not ready’

The EFF MP says the toilets at Kutlo-Tharo Secondary are in an extremely bad state and that the school is not ready for reopening.

Covid-19 Mamelodi Baptist Church to remain closed in Level 3 due to ‘unacceptably high’ infection rate

The church houses scores of people who were left displaced after floods destroyed their homes in the area last year.

Covid-19 MJC recommends that mosques stay closed for another month

However, it added that mosques that were able to ‘afford, implement and rigorously enforce safety and sanitary procedures’ should open ‘within the limits allowed by Level 3 regulations.’

Business News Business in Level 3 – what you need to know

As South Africa moves from a prohibitive nationwide lockdown to a more collaborative alert Level 3 employers have been asked to introduce rotational and staggered working schedules in order to maintain physical distancing and to limit congestion in public transport.

Flu season is bad news for Covid-19 severity, scientists warn

Breaking News Flu season is bad news for Covid-19 severity, scientists warn

Worsening the situation, are the country’s extreme socioeconomic disparities, which threaten the survival of vulnerable communities.

Covid-19 So what is the testing backlog figures – is it 100K, 80K or 30K?

Over the past week, Mkhize and others have spoken a lot about the ‘global shortage of test kits and the creation of a backlog’, without providing figures.

Covid-19 Limpopo premier’s office denies flouting rules after cop tests positive for Covid-19

Nehawu has since written a letter to the premier to raise concerns after staff said they were told to take unpaid leave when they requested to go into isolation.

Covid-19 Cele says what’s left of the lockdown will still be strongly enforced

In a media briefing on Thursday, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster announced measures to enforce the new regulations under level 3.

Covid-19 Six miners test positive in Rustenburg, says NW health dept

The MEC for health in the province, Madoda Sambatha, visited the Impala Platinum Mine on Wednesday to monitor its workplace compliance.

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