SA expects decisive leadership from the president, including the fight against Covid-19 and holding his Cabinet to account, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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Last updated 20:50, 9 April 2020: The latest news about the novel coronavirus crisis in South Africa.
While many people in the country are doing everything to evade Covid-19, it is business as usual for the people of Jika Joe informal settlement and those living on the streets of Pietermaritzburg.
The Pietermaritzburg and District Council for the Aged (Padca) is restricting visitors to its frail care facilities, care homes and retirement villages to safeguard the health of residents.
Patient Zero, the country’s first Covid-19 patient, was discharged from Grey’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Vitality will also be expanding the rewards offered to include online shopping and gaming as consumers stay home.
While many people in the country are doing everything to avoid contracting Covid-19, residents of Pietermaritzburg townships have no idea how to prevent it.
Actors, musicians and technical staff in the performing arts are worried they will not survive the economic impact of Covid-19 on South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster as Covid-19 cases rose to 61 in South Africa amid concerns of the first local transmission.
Doctors and nurses are going into airplanes coming from risky areas to do temperature checks on every passenger, and are looking out for anyone who appears to be sick.
South Africa’s first Covid-19 patient has sent out a brave message to the country.
Exceptions will only apply to nurseries, and paediatric units – where one parent will be allowed.
One of Addington Hospital’s four patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and want to be released, said all they were asking for was “national consistency”. He said they were aware that over 100 positive patients were allowed to self-isolate at their homes.
South African companies are responding to the coronavirus outbreak with social initiatives as well as plans to keep their businesses operating smoothly.
Members will also receive R1 000 towards a fitness device.
The company will also be financially supporting drivers for up to 14 days if they are diagnosed with the virus.
While some South Africans are resorting to humour as a coping mechanism to the coronavirus pandemic, others have resorted to panic buying .
I fell into the trap that many others my age did - I won’t catch it, and if I do, it doesn’t matter because I’m young and healthy and can recover as if it were any other seasonal flu. I viewed the world through the eyes of a potential victim, rather than as a potential carrier, writes Cat Walker.
Living at Ground Zero is different from what I had imagined.
The Witness offices were on Friday inundated with panicky calls from the public inquiring about the coronavirus, complaining that the Covid-19 helpline was not being answered and the lack of assistance at government hospitals.
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