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:
The first full week of lockdown for South Africa is complete.
It has been a tumultuous week what with reports of police and the South African National Defense Force using more force than necessary to encourage South Africans to remain in doors.
This week we also saw the fake news that COVID-19’s spread was tied to the rollout of 5G around the world. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize rightfully dismissed this as false and urged people to use facts to fight the disease.
As of 2nd April (numbers are only updated in the afternoon) in South Africa there are 1 462 positive cases of COVID-19 in the country. To date the disease has claimed five lives.
There have been 31 recoveries from COVID-19 and as many as 44 292 tests have been conducted.
Looking to other parts of the world, the United States of America has become the new epicenter of the disease with as many as 187 302 cases of COVID-19 identified.
There are currently 900 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and the disease has claimed 45 692 lives.
Later today Hypertext will be speaking with Syntech about its efforts to get surgical masks to healthcare workers in South Africa in the africast so be sure to check that out when the Africast is published later today.
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
[Image – WHO Situation Dashboard]