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04 June 2020 Weekly Update

NEWS DIGEST


Will scathing lockdown judgment pass appeal?

While yesterday's High Court ruling ordering the overhaul of some lockdown regulations – the first successful major challenge to the state of disaster rules – may be seen as a serious setback in government's hard-line stance, questions are being ... Read More

Motshekga under fire over school reopening chaos

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was caught up in another storm of controversy this week when the scheduled reopening of schools on Monday was postponed at the 11th. The department's acknowledgement of a lack of readiness for pupils to ... Read More

One in nine in WCape tests positive

Those in high-risk areas, and those at risk of complications could be placed in quarantine in the Western Cape, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. This includes the elderly and those with underlying conditions, Mkhize has hinted, according to TimesLIVE. Mkhize ... Read More

FROM THE EXPERTS


'A disturbing example of judicial overreach'

It is impossible to know, from the judgment by Judge Normal Davis in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), which lockdown regulations are compliant with law and which are not, argues a legal expert in the Daily Maverick. Suggesting that the ... Read More

Relaxed lockdown could backfire in hotspots

Opening up schools, unbanning the sale of liquor and permitting religious gatherings may add fuel to the pandemic fire at a time when SA, especially hotspots like the Western Cape, can least afford it. In a Spotlight analysis, Marcus Louw ... Read More

Spittle control key to curbing spread

There’s overwhelming evidence that the spread of Covid-19 largely takes place indoors, within confined spaces, and that the risk of catching the virus outdoors is minimal. This is all the more reason to 'Covid-proof' offices, eateries and other places as ... Read More

IN NUMBERS


SIDE-BAR


More Ebola and measles deaths in DRC

More Ebola and measles deaths in DRCWhile the world focuses on Covid-19, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also having to deal with a second Ebola outbreak and the world's largest measles outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says ... Read More

Dark horse entrant in vaccine race

Dark horse entrant in vaccine raceBillionaire scientist and businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong, owner of The Los Angeles Times newspaper and a part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, announced in a 27 May investor call and press release that ... Read More

QUOTES


Quotes

'There can be no return to normal because normal was the problem in the first place.'Graffiti in Hong Kong.   'If the starting point is that we don’t want our children to be infected, then we need to close ... Read More