One more person has died from coronavirus in South Africa, and the number of cases has jumped to 1 749 on Tuesday.
The death toll now stands at 13, and the latest patient a 60-year-old male from KwaZulu-Natal who was suffering with stage-four cancer. .
Here are the stories of the day:
Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, could be in hot water after a photo was posted on social media that shows her having a social lunch with former Deputy Education Minister, Mduduzi Manana during the lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa requested a meeting with Ndabeni-Abrahams in the wake of this. But Manana later clarified, claiming Ndabeni-Abrahams went to his house to fetch medical protective gear.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is set to hold a meeting to discuss the effectiveness of the 21-day lockdown. This comes amid speculation that the lockdown may be increased, but this may worsen an already battered economy.
News24’s investigations team explains how a lie about IT billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates wanting to test a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa exploded on social media across the world over the past two weeks, resulting in widespread outrage on Twitter.
Retailers to the rescue: Dischem is rolling out drive-thru testing in some of its stores, which will cost R850. Meanwhile, Checkers and Mr D Food will now deliver medicine to your home. Customers can do this through the Mr D Food app, but would need to call the MediRite pharmacy based inside their nearest Checkers branch.
Looking internationally, The WHO has rejected any notion that Africa would be used as a “testing ground” for a Covid-19 vaccine.
WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, labelled rumours of this as “racist remarks”, saying he was “appalled” after hearing about it. He said Africa will not be a “testing ground for any vaccine”, saying any vaccine rollout would follow the same protocol across the world. Watch Ghebreyesus’ statement below.