On Thursday the Department Health announced 30 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 369 with just over 19 000 confirmed cases in the country.
A total of 1 134 people have been tested in the last 24 hours. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says over half a million people in South Africa have been tested and 11 million others screened.
Below are the latest statistics of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country:
VIDEO: SARB cuts repo rate by 50 basis points to 3.75%
21 May 2020, 3:02 PM
The Reserve Bank has cut the repo rate by 50 basis points following its Monetary Policy Committee meeting. This takes the benchmark rate to 3.75%, the lowest level since the repo was introduced in 1998.
The move will bring further relief to South Africa’s battered economy, most of which is still under lockdown.
Reserve bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago made the announcement in Pretoria on Thursday.
Below is the link to the media briefing:
Mpumalanga prisoners fear contracting coronavirus
21 May 2020, 2:38 PM
Overcrowding in the Barberton Correctional Centre in Mpumalanga continues to be a challenge. Prisoners say they are worried that they might be infected by coronavirus if this issue is not addressed by officials.
Meanwhile, prison officials say they have already relocated over 100 inmates to create space for quarantine and isolation purposes.
Safety concern in Durban
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has also raised concerns about the safety of employees and prisoners in one of the correctional centres in Durban. This after one of the employees in the prison allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.
IFP National Chairperson Blessed Gwala says the department of correctional services has acted recklessly in allowing the infected employee to self-quarantine in the quarters inside the facility.
“The department of correctional services employee at Westville prison has been diagnosed with COVID-19 the person absconded from hospital after he was diagnosed and assumed duties. The person has been quarantined together with other employees in the quarters situated within the premises. It is alleged that part of medium B correctional centre has been closed for disinfection. The IFP believes that this is a reckless and negligence of the highest level.”
The latest COVID-19 positive cases in correctional services facilities in the country have revealed a sharp rise in infections, with the Eastern Cape leading by 471 cases, while in KwaZulu-Natal only two cases have been confirmed thus far.
Below are the Department of Correctional Services COVID-19 statistics :
Almost 19 000 prisoners to be released on parole
Last month, the government announced that almost 19 000 prisoners will be released on parole to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic from the already overcrowded correctional facilities in the country. The decision was announced by Minister of Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola.
President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the placement on parole of inmates convicted for petty crimes. This is in response to the United Nations (UN) call for countries to reduce their prison populations.
Currently, the country’s correctional facilities are overcrowded with a population of 155 000 inmates.
The President has warned these offenders may be re-arrested if they violate their release conditions. He said the dispensation excludes prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment or for those serving terms for including sexual offences, murder and attempted as well as gender-based violence and child abuse.
In the video below, Lamola elaborates on the decision:
VIDEO: Sihle Zikalala briefs media on COVID-19 cases in KZN
17 May 2020, 2:56 PM
KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, is currently addressing the media on the latest COVID-19 developments in the province.
The Premier, who is chair of the KZN Provincial Command, will also outline the province’s response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Wednesday.
Below is the link to the Premier media briefing:
South Africa coronavirus cases rise to 13 524, deaths at 247
15 May 2020, 9:51 PM
South Africa has recorded nine more deaths from COVID-19 pushing the death toll from the virus to 247. There are 13 524 confirmed cases of the virus according to the Health Department.
The number of recoveries is at 6 083 while over 420 000 tests have been conducted thus far.
As of today, the total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in South Africa is 13 524, the total number of deaths is 247 and recoveries are now 6083. pic.twitter.com/mYHCnFoaYP
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) on Friday announced 14 new COVID-19 cases, following seven officials and four inmates from the Western Cape and two officials from the Eastern Cape testing positive.
The Northern Cape has registered one additional case.
The total number of cases is now at 378, whilst the number of recoveries remain at 92.