COVID-19 in South Africa: 9th April AM Edition

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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”.

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:

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

Our latest update follows on below:

Day 14 of the 21 day lockdown has dawned and a long weekend approaches for many South Africans.

As of 8th April there are 1 845 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa. Sadly, there have been 18 deaths attributed to the virus.

As many as 5 678 tests were conducted on Wednesday bringing the total number of tests to 63 776 according to the Department of Health.

The provincial breakdown for positive COVID-19 cases is as follows:

Gauteng – 782
Western Cape – 495
KwaZulu-Natal – 354
Free State – 88
Eastern Cape – 45
Limpopo – 21
Mpumalanga – 21
North West – 15
Northern Cape – 13
Unallocated – 11

On Wednesday 8th April, minister of social development, Lindiwe Zulu announced ammendments to the Disaster Management regulations which would allow parents who are separated to share custody of their child.

“This prohibition of movement was never intended to limit or prohibit contact with the child/ children or to punish parents as the Department believes in family strengthening and preservation. According to the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005), the Department of Social development is responsible for the protection of children and promotion of their rights. However, the implementation of the directions brought an outcry to the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights,” the minister said in a statement.

Parents will need a court order, parental responsibilities and rights agreement or a parenting plan registered with the family advocate.

The parents will also have to insure that the child is not being moved to a location where they may be exposed to somebody infected with COVID-19.

Details of the amended regulations can be found here.

In other COVID-19 news, Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been put on two months of special leave one of which is unpaid. This follows an Instagram photo being shared by Mduduzi Manana featuring Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with his family.

The minister has issued an apology following an order from president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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:

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