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Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report.
And the raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organisation warned.
Meanwhile, the Walt Disney Co. is temporarily closing its Hong Kong Disneyland theme park from 15 July amid rising coronavirus cases in the Chinese-ruled city.
American families were slightly less pessimistic about their finances and jobs in June, but remained concerned about their economic prospects amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Monday.
Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died of Covid-19 and at least 25 members of parliament and of the senate have been infected with the virus since the first case was confirmed on the island in March, President Andry Rajoelina said.
Pictured: Jockeys wear masks for a race in Sunbury, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
While the number of KwaZulu-Natal's Covid-19 cases is nowhere near to what was predicted, the rapid rise in cases and deaths over the last week are cause for concern, Premier Sihle Zikalala has said.
Zikalala said projected ICU admissions were also lower, with 45 patients in ICU and high care.
He added the recent increase in numbers meant more had to be done.
The World Health Organisation warned Monday that there could be no return to normality any time soon as too many countries were bungling their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
After a daily record of 230 000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to the WHO on Sunday, the UN health agency said the pandemic was only going to get worse unless people stuck to the basics of physical distancing, handwashing and wearing masks.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that countries that were easing their way out of lockdowns were now witnessing a resurgence of the virus because they were not following proven methods to reduce risk.
Covid-19 surge coming at a lower level than initially predicted - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Monday said as the country enters its Covid-19 surge, it will come at a level lower than what had been initially expected.
"The data shows the surge will come in July, August and September, but at a lower level than what had been predicted," he said during a media briefing on Monday afternoon.
The reason, said Mkhize, is down to government's early interventions, including a hard lockdown in March.
"It's not inevitable that whatever was predicted is actually what's going to happen, and so we can have the surge at a lower level even though the peak is now. But it may not necessarily be at the worst, pessimistic scenario," Mkhize explained.
He again used the opportunity to implore people to change their social behaviour in the midst of the pandemic.
"The imposition of the curfew is also strongly related to nocturnal activities and alcohol use. This has more to do with inherent activities in people’s free time at night that makes it more difficult to adhere to the regulations," said Mkhize.
"As a reminder, wearing of masks is about you protecting others more than it is about preventing yourself from catching the virus," he said.
The health minister also provided clarity on the ICU beds shortage matter, saying his department is on top of the issue.
"We haven’t reached the capacity of ICU beds... The national emergency intervention team is looking at increasing the number of beds. We are confident we can provide enough beds before the surge."
Also at the briefing was Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu who gave an update on the payment of the special Covid-19 social relief of distress grant.
Zulu revealed that over 7.5 million applications were received by her department through various electronic application platforms. Of this number, a total of 4 424 720 have been approved.
While there has been significant progress - over R1 billion has been paid - Zulu revealed that issues such as slow processing of applications, and a high number of declined applicants, have made it difficult to reach their desired targets.
"Given the limited financial resources available, we have to ensure that the money does reach only those who qualify for this support," she said.
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You won’t be arrested for not wearing a mask – but this may change
While wearing an "appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth" in a public place is mandatory, it is still not a criminal offence to go without, government confirmed on Monday.
"It must be embarrassing to move around without a mask. It must be cool to wear a mask," Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, said on Monday.
AfriForum withdraws court application dealing with Covid-19 quarantine facilities
Lobby group AfriForum has withdrawn its High Court application dealing with the repatriation of South Africans and the quality of quarantine facilities.
National Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize visited Thusong Multipurpose Centre in Khayelitsha which will serve as a Covid-19 site. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images)
South Africa has thousands of potential Covid-19 quarantine hotels, but they're empty
Only a third - 139 out of 438 - of the government-approved facilities, where people who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus can quarantine at no cost, have occupied beds.
Nine out of 10 of such facilities are hotels, bed and breakfasts or lodges from which the state rents rooms for between R850 and R1 200 per person per night.
Zikalala reveals 25 people at KwaZulu-Natal wedding infected, some 'occupying Covid-19 beds'
At least 25 people who attended a wedding in KwaZulu-Natal last week have tested positive for Covid-19, with some of them now occupying hospital beds, Premier Sihle Zikalala has said.
All of us must be our brothers' and our sisters' keepers, says Mthembu.
Everyone must wear a mask. Shop owners must ensure that all their customers must wear a mask
Lamola on consultations: he says they deem it necessary for people to still have comments but the regulations are applicable immediately.
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Dlamini-Zuma declines to expand on harm of tobacco as the "matter is still in court".
Directs funding support question to minister for industry.
Says that graphs show majority of people who get Covid are young, but the majority of those who die are the older ones.
Lamola says while enforcement will be heightened at night during a curfew.
You can be asked to explain where you are going during the day.
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Minister Ronald Lamola says the government has said older people (above 60) should stay at home. Younger people pose a risk to older people.
In the house, there is an unregulated space. It is a difficult environment to deal with and it is this space that creates a loophole that has led to some of the spike in the various parts of the country.
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Family visits under exceptional circumstances are allowed, says Dlamini-Zuma.
Inter-provincial travel is still not allowed, she emphasises. We know that areas that are densely populated tend to be the areas that are economic hubs and are the ones who have most infections.
Ramaphosa calls out South Africans for 'reckless' behaviour during Covid-19 regulations
"But seriously, a cloth mask is not something that is difficult to get. Even your T-shirt, even your scarf, even a piece of your clothing can be put over your nose and your mouth," President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a stern dressing-down to South Africans.
In an unfamiliar tone, Ramaphosa delivered a sharp reprimand to South Africans who refuse to abide by Covid-19 regulations during his address to the nation on Sunday evening.
Coronavirus morning update: Alcohol banned again, and curfew also imposed
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that alcohol will be banned again with immediate effect in order to lessen the strain on hospital beds - and a curfew will be imposed again.
Bara hospital treated almost 3 000 patients in its trauma unit in June
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, treated close to 3 000 patients in its trauma unit during June.
Statistics compiled by the Gauteng Department of Health, and shared with News24, show that between the period of 1 to 30 June, the trauma unit treated 2 730 patients.
12 July 21:09
In his address on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that while the country would remain on Level 3 of the lockdown regulations, the sale and distribution of alcohol was immediately banned.
In addition, he announced that a curfew from 21:00 to 04:00 would take effect from Monday.
He also said that the national state of disaster will be extended to 15 August.
Owners of public buildings, and public transport operators would be legally obliged to ensure that people on their premises wore masks.
"Employers, shop owners and managers, public transport operators, and managers and owners of any other public building are now legally obliged to ensure that anyone entering their premises or vehicle must be wearing a mask," Ramaphosa said.
Visiting family and other social gatherings was still not permitted but auctions could resume, provided the necessary restrictions were in place.
Parks would be opened for exercise, but not for gatherings.
South Africa saw an increase of 12 058 Covid-19 cases bringing the total to 276 242.
There are 108 new deaths, taking the death toll to 4 079.
More than 134 000 recoveries have been reported.
Ramaphosa condemned "reckless" South Africans who refused to wear masks, attended parties and those who failed to adhere to the minimum of 50 attendees at funerals.
Taxis undertaking local trips will now be permitted to increase their capacity to 100%, while long distance taxis will not be allowed to exceed 70% occupancy.
Health facilities in numerous provinces were under tremendous strain, with the president confirming a shortfall of at least 12 000 healthcare workers.
12 July 17:16
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday at 20:00 on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
The president’s address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President's Coordinating Council.