By Seth Meyer
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.
As of 31 August, the coronavirus has infected 25.1 million people, around 623 000 of which have come from South Africa, putting us in sixth place globally in terms of the number of confirmed cases. The USA currently has the most cases, having accrued a total of 6.06 million confirmed cases. Globally, around 844 000 people have died, while in South Africa, we have had 14 028 deaths. Gauteng province carries the highest caseload of any other province with over 87 000 confirmed cases.
South Africa has conducted over 3.6 million COVID-19 tests, and, with the number of recoveries measuring 538 604, we have a current recovery rate of over 85%.
Since 17 August, South Africa has been on lockdown level 2. Along with it has come a lift on the tobacco and alcohol ban, inter-provincial travel and domestic flights are now allowed, restaurants, bars and taverns can now operate, and accommodation facilities are permitted to operate. International travel is still banned, and a curfew from between 10:00PM and 4:00AM remains in place.
Sun City, one of South Africa’s largest tourist destinations, opened on 2 September, and is welcoming visitors for the first time since lockdown began five months ago, in March.
Over R40bn has been dispersed to workers as temporary relief from the economic effects of lockdown.