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VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 9 October
9 October 2020, 2:24 PM

In this week’s Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continue to rise.

Currently, the COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at over 36.7 million with more than 27 million recoveries and deaths at 1 066 956.

In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases surpassed the 686 000 mark. Whilst the death toll has risen to 17 408.

On the rest of the continent, 52 African Union Member States have so far reported 1 556 017 cases; with 37 452 deaths and 1 292 200 recoveries.

Below are COVID-19 stories making headlines around the world:

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 2 October
2 October 2020, 6:18 PM

In this week’s Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the global, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continue to rise.

Currently, the COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at over 34.5 million with more than 25 million recoveries and deaths at 1, 028, 021.

In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases surpassed the 676 000 mark. Whilst the death toll has risen to more 16 800.

On the rest of the continent, 52 African Union Member States have so far reported 1 496 977 cases; with 36 139 deaths and 1 239 335 recoveries.

Below are COVID-19 stories making headlines around the world:

Social media hashtags, accounts becoming popular for job hunting
30 September 2020, 7:13 PM

Social media hashtags and accounts are increasingly becoming popular for job seekers and potential employers. The hashtags such as #jobseekersSA, #KeaJobSeeker, and #jobsearch are constantly used to search for potential employers and employees.

On Tuesday, Statistics SA said that  2.2 million jobs were lost in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020.

It released the unemployment figures for the second quarter, announcing that the unemployment rate decreased to 23.3% from 30.1% in the first quarter.

There were 4.2 million people unemployed in the second quarter, compared with 7.1 million unemployed people in the first quarter.

Stats SA says the reason for the decline in the unemployment rate, is that fewer people were actively looking for work during alert stages five and four of the lockdown.

People who were not looking for work were not classified as unemployed.

Some people have been able to find jobs on social media using the trending hashtags and or accounts.

Below are three examples of trending hashtags and accounts:

#Ojewakeng was started in January 2019 by Keabetswe. It started as a hashtag where social media users can share what problems they had such as financial assistance. However many job seekers have turned to it and some have been successful. Another hashtag #KeaJobSeeker has come from Keabetswe’s trending hashtag.

Employers also post positions for those seeking employment.

#JobSeekersSA of the account @ TheBeginningSA was founded by Menzi Ngcobo.

In that account there are tips given to job seekers such as CV writing and also jobs are posted as well as graduate programmes by prominent companies and organisations such as Sanlam Investments and Frontline Africa Advisory.

@HireMeSouthAfrica is where people can post what jobs they are seeking and the qualifications that they have.
The account specifies that users can tweet them their qualifications/skills/ and or dream job.

What the account will then do is tweet what was sent to them. They do caution however for everyone to do background checks before going for any job interview.

Gauteng officials concerned over people not being cautious in gatherings
30 September 2020, 10:06 AM

The Acting Gauteng Health MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, says health officials are concerned over people not being extra cautious when in public gatherings amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This after the province recorded a 6% increase in COVID-19 cases in a space of one week.

Gauteng has the most COVID-19 cases in the country – recording close to 220 000 infections since the start of the outbreak. There are 19 000 active cases in the province.

Mamabolo says despite the country operating under Level One lockdown, people need to still exercise safety measures to protect themselves against the virus.

“Funerals have proven to be an area of concern. Public transport – the biggest area is the taxi industry – we are looking at that cluster. We are also concerned over areas of high concentration, like malls and workplaces. The implications of moving to alert level one for us as a province, with a small landmass but a huge population and a key site of economic activity, it means we are more exposed.”

Below are Alert Level 1 lockdown restrictions:

South Africa has recorded 903 new COVID-19 infections for a second day in a row.

The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 672 572.

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World leaders to meet to assess ACT accelerator
30 September 2020, 8:34 AM

On Wednesday world leaders will hold a virtual meeting to assess the progress made since the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator was launched in June.

Central to the initiative is the vaccine pillar and COVAX project, which focuses on global cooperation to ensure equitable access to future vaccines.

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres says the ACT Accelerator is the global solution the world is looking for. He says its success is dependent on wise and calculated choices by world leaders.

$3.5 billion has been contributed to ACT so far out of the $31 billion needed for vaccine development and universal healthcare coverage.

Earlier in September President Cyril Ramaphosa has been announced as the co-chair of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Facilitation Council with Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg.

The council will advise on the work to achieve the rapid development and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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