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03
APR
12am

All we want to do for now is come back home-Stranded Expat

Over one hundred and twenty South Africans remain stranded in Vietnam and wish to be repatriated back home. This as South African Airways has announced that it will operate Charter Flights for various governments across the world to repatriate their nationals from South Africa. Rueben Gerber has been teaching English in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, and is now stranded in the Asian country with no means to return home. Schools in Vietnam have been closed down for several months now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
03
APR
12am

South Africa heads towards 1500 Covid19 cases

South Africa has recorded 82 new COVID 19 cases. The number of COVID 19 positive cases has risen to one thousand - 462 in 24 hours with the death toll still standing at five . This, while the government continues to investigate whether another two fatalities are also linked to COVID 19. The latest stats were announced by health minister Zweli Mkhize at National Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein. The minister has however, noted that there is a restraint on the numbers due to the lockdown.
02
APR
12am

Government officials risk distorting their message if they do not practise what they preach on social distancing

Government officials are being cautioned to always exercise social distancing in their pursuit to spread information about the covid-19 pandemic. YESTERDAY, Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula visited Noord Taxi rank in Johannesburg CBD to inform taxi operators and commuters about amendments to transport regulations. Mbalula was flanked by the City of Johannesburg mayor, Geoff Makhubo and other officials where he constantly had to remind the crowd to keep social distance. Many in the crowd had no facial masks and others who had were not wearing them. Dr Jo Barnes, from the department of Global Health at the University of Stellenbosch says government officials risk distorting their message if they do not practise what they preach.
02
APR
12am

70 to 100% passengers for taxis if they are sanitised and wearing masks-Mbalula

Taxi body SANTACO is not happy with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's announcement that taxis may now load passengers to full capacity provided all commuters are wearing masks and have been sanitized. Mbalula was addressing minibus taxi drivers and commuters at Noord Street taxi-rank in Johannesburg. SANTACO says this is now what they agreed on at the meeting and it will compromise the safety of commuters.
02
APR
12am

Health minister launches mobile testing stations for Covid19

South Africa will be able to conduct about 30 thousand tests for COVID19 each day. Thanks to the 60 new mobile sampling and testing units procured by the National Health Laboratory Services, unveiled by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize last night. Currently about five thousand tests are conducted in 24 hours and Mkhize says this figure is far too low for our population. Mkhize announced that currently we have 1380 positive COVID 19 cases in SA and 44 202 tests have been conducted
01
APR
12am

Stigma associated with the virus needs to be dealt with urgently-Survivor

Senior Pastor Mohau Rammile of the Global Reconciliation Church says there needs to be more faces to the corona virus statistics constantly being updated by government. Mohau, aged 48 tested positive for the covid-19 virus last week on Wednesday and has been in self-isolation since. He was part of the 480 congregants at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein where five international worshipers tested positive for the coronavirus, including ACDP leader Kenneth Moshoe. Pastor Mohau says the stigma associated with the virus needs to be dealt with urgently.
01
APR
12am

Income grant proposed for unemployed people in lock down time

The C19 People's Coalition is calling for the provision of a basic income grant to all unemployed South Africans between the ages of 18 and 59. According to the presure group, this will mitigate the economic hardships facing millions of people imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing lockdown
31
MAR
12am

Government will roll-out a massive screening and testing process for Coronavirus symptoms and infections

Government will roll-out a massive screening and testing process for Coronavirus symptoms and infections at homes across the country in the next few days. That's according to President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to the nation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria last night. The president's address followed his regular meeting with members of the National Command Council.

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