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SA’s national state of disaster extended to 15 May

Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday published a gazette officially enacting this decision.
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Cabinet approves extension of national state of disaster for a month

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially extended the Disaster Management Act for another month.

Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday published a gazette officially enacting this decision.

The state of disaster will now continue until 15 May 2021.

Government has utilized the state of disaster to introduce and give effect to lockdown restrictions, which it has used to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act  was first declared on 15 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally set to lapse on 15 June 2020.

Nevertheless, the act provides that the state of disaster can be extended by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister by notice in the gazette for one month at a time before it lapses.

SA records 848 new COVID-19 cases, with 67 deaths

A total of 26 165 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Tuesday, with 848 new cases, which represents a 3.2% positivity rate.

This means that the country now has 1 559 960 confirmed infections since the outbreak.

Meanwhile, 67 more people succumbed to Covid-19, pushing the tally to 53 423 to date.

According to Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, 28 fatalities were recorded in Gauteng, 19 from the North West, nine from the Free State, eight from the Eastern Cape, two from the Northern Cape and one from the Western Cape.

 

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