The Department of Co-operative Governance says Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to table her proposal on the Declaration of the National Disaster to Cabinet on Tuesday.

This comes ahead of the expiry of the Declaration of a National State of Disaster this coming Saturday.

The coronavirus was declared a national disaster five months ago on March 15. The first 90 days expired on June 15.

Following the 90 day expired date, the Act empowered the Minister to extend it on a monthly basis. The first one-month extension was from June 15 to July 15.
The second extension which kicked on July 15 will end on Saturday. A new extension is needed and grounds for the extension are required.
The Department’s Spokesperson Lungi Mtshali would not say whether Minister Dlamini-Zuma will ask for another one-month extension, but he says she will table her proposals on Tuesday and the decision will be announced by Cabinet before the current one-month extension expires.

South Africa records 6 670 new coronavirus cases, 198 deaths on Sunday

South Africa has continued to see a drop in the daily number of COVID-19 infections compared to the last few weeks, recording 6 670 new cases on Sunday.  This brings the total cumulative number of confirmed cases to 559 858.

In a statement, the health ministry has also confirmed 198 new COVID-19 related deaths.

“Eighty from Eastern Cape; 32 from Gauteng; 63 from KwaZulu Natal and 23 from Western Cape. This brings the cumulative total of reported COVID-19 related deaths to 10 408.”

The number of recoveries currently stands at 411 147 which translates to a recovery rate of 73%.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 250 583 with 30 318 new tests conducted since the last report.

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