Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

‘We have now reached the surge’: South Africa braces for deadly impact of coronavirus COVID-19

In a country named by the World Bank as the most unequal place on earth, the coronavirus has ripped open old wounds in South Africa. Despite the end of white minority rule more than two decades ago, some experts suggest a recent lockdown has highlighted how urban areas are still divided along racial lines. As predominantly white South Africans isolated themselves in suburban compounds with gardens and space, community advocate Edward Molopi says many black people didn’t have that luxury. “Data from the Western Cape demonstrates that black townships have…

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South Africa sees surge in COVID-19 as restrictions lifted

The lifting of the lockdown and social distancing measures has caused a surge of coronavirus infections in South Africa. The total number of cases is now approaching 210,000 and the number of deaths is over 3,300. This makes South Africa the country with the second highest number of deaths, behind Egypt, and the largest number of cases on the continent. The numbers are expected to peak in July and August, particularly in Gauteng, the country’s industrial hub—where the sharp increases in cases could overwhelm the province’s health system—as well as…

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Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

South Africa completes 2 million COVID-19 tests with record daily surge in cases

South Africa has completed over 2 million tests for COVID-19 amid a record high single-day surge in cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said Thursday Of 2,000,569 tests completed, 56,170 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said in his daily update. “This is an enormous achievement that we can all be proud of as South Africans,” said Mkhize. As mass community testing has been gaining momentum, South Africa also saw rapid rises in confirmed cases and virus-related deaths. As of Thursday, a total of 238,339 cases were reported…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

South Africa had its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases

South Africa has hit a number of concerning landmarks in its tracking of the spread of the coronavirus – including the largest daily jump in cases seen to-date, and two further provinces hitting over 10,000 cases. According to the latest figures published by the health department and health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, as of 14 June 2020, the country has 70,038 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This reflects a daily jump of 4,302 new‬ cases from the 65,736 infections on Saturday when the country recorded 3,809 new cases. The minister announced…

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Education 

South Africa’s new university has a name: Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology

Gauteng premier David Makhura has unveiled the name of the new South African university planned for Ekurhuleni in east Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology. President Cyril Ramaphosa officially announced plans for the new university during his 2020 State of the Nation Address, after a strong push for the institution from the City of Ekurhuleni, which first discussed it in 2017. “This university is a great value proposition and a boost to advancing the manufacturing capabilities of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis,” Makhura said. “We have been working with the City…

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