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Members of the Muslim burial organization prepare the body of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for burial at Ghiedmatiel Islamia mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, July 31, 2020. REUTERS-Sumaya Hisham

South Africa’s coronavirus cases surpass half a million

Just over 3 million people have so far been tested for the virus in South Africa, which confirmed its first case five months ago, and 8,153 deaths have been recorded. Africa has recorded 934,558 cases, 19,752 deaths and 585,567 recoveries, according to a Reuters tally.
The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to "response fatigue", as the case count in South Africa topped half a million.
A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample from a man, as South Africa starts to relax some aspects of a stringent nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Diepsloot near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

OECD: South Africa economy could contract 8.2% if second coronavirus wave hits

South Africa’s economy could contract 8.2% this year, and grow just 0.6% in 2021, if a second wave of COVID-19 cases hits the country and its main trading partners, the OECD said on Friday.
Workers sort online orders before they are delivered to customers from a Checkers store, amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 14, 2020. Picture taken July 14, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s retail sales plunge in April and May after hard lockdown

South Africa’s retail sales plunged by a record 50.4% in April and 12% in May, data showed on Wednesday in the latest evidence of the impact of the early, stricter phase of the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

President Ramaphosa urges South Africans to keep distance from elderly

People with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, renal disease, asthma and chronic respiratory disease are more vulnerable to developing severe complications and dying from coronavirus, Ramaphosa said, citing data from the Department of Health.
Education MEC Debbie Schafer, however, said the cases had not spiked due to the reopening of schools.

Nearly 100 teachers, 1,800 students test positive for coronavirus in South Africa

At least 98 teachers and 1,800 learners in South Africa’s Covid-19 epicentre province, the Western Cape, have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, forcing 20 schools to close.
Members of The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) keep watch as South Africa lifts a lockdown lasting two months, to try to revive the economy amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Soweto, South Africa June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa partly lifts lockdown to try to fix battered economy

South Africa partly lifted a two month-old coronavirus lockdown on Monday, letting people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and allowing mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

South Africa leader faces thorny test over virus lockdown

Admired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Department of Basic Education has outlined its plans for the reopening of South Africa’s schools as the country begins easing lockdown restrictions.

South Africa schools to re-open on June 1

South Africa’s schools will re-open on June 1, even though many are not equipped to do so without high risk of new Covid-19 infections.
South African Rand coins are seen in this photo illustration. REUTERS-Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s rand weaker as global economic worries weigh

South Africa’s rand weakened early on Thursday as demand for emerging currencies continued to ebb due to growing concerns over the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

President Ramaphosa: South Africa to ease coronavirus restrictions cautiously

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he aimed to further ease restrictions imposed to curb the new coronavirus, but places with the most infections likely would remain into June on “alert level 4” of a five-level system.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

South Africa ups weekly debt auctions by $109 mln to cover coronavirus stimulus

South Africa will increase the amount of debt on sale at its weekly auctions by nearly 2 billion rand ($109 million) to cover a budget deficit set to increase sharply due to the coronavirus stimulus package announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Workers are seen underground South Africa's Gold Fields South Deep mine in Westonaria, 45 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, South Africa, file. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko-File Photo

South Africa mining firms work together against coronavirus as mines reopen

South African mining companies are setting up shared quarantine facilities for miners testing positive for COVID-19 and are discussing other ways to cooperate, as the vital national industry gradually restarts operations halted since late March.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Coronavirus stirs rancour in South Africa on democracy anniversary

South Africa’s divisions over race and wealth inequality, which the COVID-19 crisis had briefly sidelined, returned to the fore on Monday’s 26th anniversary of the end of apartheid.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance and Chairman, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), has urged the Federal Government to improve on immunisation coverage.

Former Nigerian minister gets WHO’s appointment on coronavirus

Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
South Africa’s rand firmed against the dollar early on Wednesday after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 500 billion rand ($26.41 billion) rescue package on Tuesday evening to cushion the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa’s rand gains before president’s speech on reopening economy

South Africa’s rand gained against the dollar early on Thursday, before President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks later on the phased reopening of the economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa make a speech at the official funeral service of the later former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 14, 2019 at National Sports Stadium in Harare. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was jeered and whistled during his speech before he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks in his home country. At least 12 people have been killed this month in a surge in violence and mob attacks against foreign-owned businesses in and around Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city.TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for end to sanctions against Zimbabwe, Sudan to help fight coronavirus

President Cyril Ramaphosa has again called for the economic bans against Zimbabwe and Sudan to be lifted as the continent grapples with Covid-19 and its economic impact.
A member of medical staff attends to residents as they queu during screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lenasia, South Africa, April 21, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa considers flexible restrictions after lockdown

South Africa is considering introducing flexible restrictions on economic activity after it phases out a nationwide lockdown, according to a draft government presentation seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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