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LIVE | 345 more deaths take SA's Covid-19 fatalities to 8 884. New infections rise by 4 456, bringing the number of cases to 521 318

Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

345 new deaths take the total number of fatalities to 8 884.The number of recoveries currently stands at 363 751 which translates to a recovery rate of 69,8%.1h agoHospital hell: Deputy public protector finds Eastern Cape facilities in shocking state

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A state-of-the-art kitchen, built at Livingstone Hospital for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was last used 10 years ago because no one was hired to work there, told News24. The discovery was one of many Gcaleka said shocked her during a visit of Nelson Mandela Bay municipality health facilities, where she went to investigate on Tuesday. Gcaleka described the kitchen as wasteful expenditure and blamed the provincial health department for causing"leadership instability".  

Gcaleka and her team of investigators are on a two-day visit in the Eastern Cape to investigate disturbing reports of crippled healthcare services at Livingstone Hospital, and other health facilities in Uitenhage, Mthatha and Qumbu.2h agoMahikeng medical depot staff stage 'sit out' over safety concerns

The Mahikeng medical depot is staging a"sit out" over concerns about safety in the workplace, the North West Department of Health has confirmed. "The department is aware of the fact that the medical depot staff has been on a sit out refusing to work. Only the managers were on duty. They refused to work until they see the MEC," spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane told News24 on Tuesday.

2h agoKZN's rise in deaths due to 'delayed reporting', and it includes 2 childrenA three-month-old baby girl and a four-year-old boy are among the latest Covid-19 deaths to be reported out of KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

"The province recorded two more paediatric deaths," the department said.4h agoMotshekga says she has no interest in 'hiding' schools without PPEs, as group pickets her visitBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says people who are aware of schools still without PPEs need to bring the information to the attention of her department.

Motshekga was speaking during a visit to two schools in Lethlabile, in the North West, on Tuesday to assess the return of Grade 12 pupils following their week-long recess.4h agoOPINION | Covid-19: The human faces behind the surgical masksThe pandemic has forced us to contend our humanity, interdependency, social injustices and the higher calling for cross-sectoral collaboration in the fight against Covid-19.

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Fear, anxiety, confusion and grief are palpable in hospital corridors calling for purposeful, ethical and compassionate leadership during a crisis. Processing the loss of health workers like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and administrative personnel is insurmountable.

4h agoCovid-19 corruption: ANC NEC embarrassed by allegations, says public outrage is justifiedThe ANC's national executive committee (NEC), after spending the weekend discussing corruption, among other issues, once again condemned these acts and vowed to fight the scourge, which has become largely associated with the party and its members.

In a statement by its secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday, the party said:"We acknowledge the justifiable public outrage caused by the depravity and heartlessness displayed by some elements in government, our organisation and the private sector." 

5h agoNews24's countdown to a digital subscription service has begunThe media industry needed to restructure in order to continue providing quality journalism. This restructuring has been pushed by mass retrenchments and salary cuts at most major local media companies due to the impact of Covid-19.

The primary income for most publications is advertising but with the current climate, that too has been affected by Covid-19, having a knock-on effect on industries supported by marketing and advertising.  5h agoD-day ahead for Fita, Ramaphosa to convince Supreme Court of Appeal on cigarette ban

The registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal has granted an application for truncated dates in the filing of an application for leave to appeal brought by the Fair Trade Tobacco Association.Fita approached the Supreme Court of Appeal after the North Gauteng High Court dismissed its legal challenge to the ban on tobacco sales. 

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7h agoAlcohol ban: Industry not heading to court yet but legal route is an optionRicardo Moreira, CEO of SAB said taking legal action is an option that is always available for the industry but it is not there yet.The recourse for the industry was one of the points discussed in the South African Breweries (SAB) industry leaders meeting on Tuesday. 

Moreira asked that the decision to continue with the ban be backed up by data, saying the industry’s view is that alcohol was not the cause of the surge in trauma cases and they would support a curfew rather than an outright ban since this had worked in other countries.

7h agoLockdown: It could take 3 years to catch up on work cut from 2020 curriculum - Angie MotshekgaThe basic education department anticipates that it will take about three years to catch up on parts of the curriculum that won't be covered this year due to the widespread impact of Covid-19, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The minister was speaking in Lethlabile in the North West, on Tuesday where she visited two high schools to monitor the return of Grade 12 pupils after they were on a week-long break from 27 July until 3 August.8h agoCovid-19 wrap: Global cases top 18.35m, Latin America passes 5m and Germany already in 'second' wave

Keeping you up to date on the latest novel coronavirus (Covid-19) news from around the world. More than 18.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 693 958 have died, according to a Reuters tally.ALSO:

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Another day of low infections as new Covid-19 cases in SA drop below 4,500A day after posting the lowest number of new Covid-19 infections in 41 days, on Wednesday night the number of new cases in SA had dropped even further.

Another day of low infections as new Covid-19 cases in SA drop below 4,500A day after posting the lowest number of new Covid-19 infections in 41 days, on Wednesday night the number of new cases in SA had dropped even further.

New Covid-19 cases in SA drop below 6,000 for first time since June 23Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday night that there were just 5,378 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

New Covid-19 cases in SA drop below 6,000 for first time since June 23Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday night that there were 5,378 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.