The correctional services department has recorded five new cases of Covid-19. Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the number of cases was sitting at 177.
“DCS continues to provide support to both officials and inmates who test positive to Covid-19,” Nxumalo said. The department said it had also recorded three recoveries in the Western Cape. The total number of recoveries countrywide stands at 87.
According to the department, the Eastern Cape has 36 officials and 66 inmates who have tested positive for Covid-19. The province has two deaths and 58 recoveries.
There are 56 officials and three inmates with Covid-19 in the Western Cape, with 27 recoveries and one death under investigation. Two officials tested positive in Limpopo. The province has recorded one recovery. Gauteng has recorded four officials and nine inmates with Covid-19. There is one recovery at the department’s head office.
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South Africa recently ended a strict five-week lockdown after the country moved to level 4 under the new 5-level COVID-19 alert system. While the country is still under national lockdown, a few of the most stringent rules were lifted. Certain people may return to work and jogging, cycling, and walking is now allowed between 06:00 and 09:00.
Retail stores are also allowed to sell more items. A few noteworthy additions to the list are winter clothing, ICT equipment, and hardware goods. The new regulations were welcomed, but many people and businesses feel more needs to be done. The ban on alcohol and cigarette sales has been criticized for encouraging their illicit trade and for costing the country a lot of money in lost tax revenue. Read more