Before we begin we’d like to take a moment to explain what is happening here.
“Why is a technology news website covering COVID-19 news,” is a question we’re bound to receive so we’re going to address it right here.
Regulations published by Stella Ndabeni-Abraham states that “all internet sites operating within .zaDNA top level domain name must have a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za”.
As we fall under that regulation, we are required to link to the Department of Health’s website but we’re taking that a step further.
Every morning and every afternoon we will publish an update regarding COVID-19 in South Africa. For the purpose of these updates we will refer solely to the following sources of information:
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases
- Department of Health
- The World Health Organisation
- South African Government
We understand that folks are doing amazing things with data-viz and there are comments from experts that can help, but our goal with these updates is to provide you, our reader, with accurate information from trusted sources. If the source is not reliable, it will not be linked here.
We will also be placing a banner on our home page which you can click at any time to be directed to www.sacoronavirus.co.za.
Our latest update follows on below:
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to brief the nation on plans to ease lockdown today but as of time of writing details are thin on the ground as to when we can expect that news.
Of course, we will update our readers when we receive an official update from government.
Positive cases of COVID-19 in South Africa now sit at 3 635 with 65 deaths as of 22nd April.
There have been 133 774 tests conducted with 6 868 having taken place in the 24 hours before the report was filed.
The provincial breakdown of infections is as follows:
Gauteng – 1 224
Western Cape – 1 079
KwaZulu-Natal – 758
Eastern Cape – 377
Free State – 106
Limpopo – 27
North West – 24
Mpumalanga – 23
Northern Cape – 16
Unallocated – 1
There have 1 055 recoveries for the diseases to date.
In order to stay up to date with the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and abroad, we advise the following materials and platforms:
- Dr Zweli Mkhize on Twitter
- COVID-19 Connect on WhatsApp – add 0600 123 456 as a contact and say “Hi”.
- World Health Organisation
- SA Coronavirus website
- SA Government
- SA Presidency