Tighter level 1 restrictions this festive season

Government has announced tighter level 1 lockdown restrictions nationwide, with effect from midnight tonight. This as the country enters the festive season amid a second wave of rising COVID-19 infections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restrictions on Monday evening, as the country’s cumulative number of cases stands at 866,127, edging closer to the 900 000 mark. “If we do not do things differently this festive season, we will greet the new year not with joy, but with sorrow. Many of our friends, relatives and co-workers will be infected, some will…

Read More

Travel at your own risk

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, is pleading with South Africans travelling to the Northern hemisphere countries to exercise caution as most nations are deep in the second wave of COVID-19. Pandor said she was worried about travellers becoming distressed or even destitute pending the reintroduction of stricter lockdown restrictions with the likelihood of cancelling international flights at short notice. “Please note that you will be travelling at your own risk to these countries knowing the current circumstances and the uncertainty going forward,” the Minister…

Read More

COVID-19 death toll reaches 19 111

The number of detected COVID-19 cases is now 719 714 after 1 863 new infections were identified in the last 24 hours. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said 58 patients succumbed the respiratory illness, which pushes the death toll to 19 111. Of the latest deaths, 18 are from the Eastern Cape, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, 10 from the Western Cape, seven from Limpopo, six from the Northern Cape, three from the Free State and two from Gauteng. “We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank…

Read More

SA’s COVID-19 cases jump to 683 242

South Africa now has 683 242 COVID-19 cases after 1 027 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the death toll has increased by 87 pushing the tally to 17 103. Of the latest fatalities, 35 are from KwaZulu-Natal, 28 from Gauteng, 15 from the Western Cape, five from the North West and four from the Eastern Cape. Gauteng remains the epicentre with 221 320 confirmed cases since the outbreak, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 119 769, Western Cape 111 596 and the Eastern Cape with 89 991. Free State has 48 865 cases,…

Read More

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane tests positive for Covid-19.

The Premier of Mpumalanga Province,  Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane tested positive for covid-19 on Wednesday. The Premier developed flu-like symptoms on Sunday, the 28th of September and undertook the test in an effort to establish the cause for the symptoms. The Premier has been in precautionary isolation since Sunday and will continue to monitor her health. The Premier is in good spirits and has reported only mild symptoms and will continue to execute her duties remotely. As a precautionary measure, the Premier has also communicated news of her test to all contacts…

Read More

Coronavirus case at Masoyi police station.

All communities serviced by the Masoyi Police Station, are advised that this police station will be temporarily closed due to a member who tested positive for the Covid -19 virus. The Community Service Centre will now be operated at Hope of Glory Church next to Mshadza Secondary School. To access the station, the community can call 082 3039 869, for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly. The telephone lines at Masoyi Police Station Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of the closure. However…

Read More

SA reports 9 300 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa recorded 9 300 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases, since the outbreak in the country, to 373 628. The daily infection rate has dropped, with less than 10 000 new cases, for the first time in two weeks. Meanwhile, 140 more people succumbed to the disease, pushing the death toll to 5 173. According to the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, 194 865 people have recuperated, which translates to a recovery rate of 52%. The majority of new cases were recorded in Gauteng, which has…

Read More

Government reduces COVID-19 isolation period

Government has revised the recommended isolation period for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. “We wish to inform South Africans that the recommended isolation period for patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection is reduced from 14 to 10 days,” said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. The Minister said the recommendation to reduce the number of days in isolation is based on evidence that most patients with a mild COVID-19 infection continue to shed the virus from their upper airways for approximately seven to 12 days. “Furthermore, the presence of detectable virus…

Read More

Mpumalanga Legislature closed due to positive COVID-19 infection

Mpumalanga Legislature gov ernment offices in Nelspruit in SA

  The Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature Office, building No1 at eh Government Complex at Riverside Park in Mbombela, had been temporary closed. This follows one of the staff members testing positive for COVID-19. The offices would now be decontaminated. The office was closed with immediate effect and would reopen on July 21. 2020. Members of the public who require any assistance from the Legislature during this period can contact the office by sending a text message to  067 428 3345.  

Read More

COVID news and new bubonic plague in china

COVID-19

While the country is still suspected of having started the COVID-19 pandemic, a new threat had now reared its head in China. Once again, it has to do with the Chinese habit of eating wild animals such as marmots, just as their “wet markets,” which sold, among others, endangered pangolin as food, the suspected bubonic plague case in the Bayannur district of China is also said to come from infected wild meat. According to CBS News, if not treated timeously, the plague is fatal in as many as 90% of…

Read More