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Government to introduce new digital Covid-19 certificate for South Africa.

Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, addressed the media on Friday, 10th of September on the latest COVID-19 developments in South Africa. In these recent developments, Phaahla mentioned that the government is to introduce a new digital COVID-19 certificate for South Africans.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the digital COVID-19 certificates are a mechanism by which an individual’s Covid-19 related health data can be digitally documented through an electronic certificate.

WHO is undertaking an initiative to standardise vaccination proof globally. Phaahla states that the certificate has been developed with fraud and other security protections. The digital certificate will align with international standards.

The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) welcomes this announcement, citing that “A digital vaccination certificate will be an important criterion for any outbound travel,”

CEO of Asata, Otto de Vries, believes that the digital vaccine certificate can potentially lessen the current bureaucratic paperwork required for outbound travel.

Dr Phaahla says the digital certificate may be useful in accessing certain services and businesses in the future. He further adds that the government has no intention of making the certificate a requirement for accessing public services. The digital certificate will be available on smartphones and can also be printed out.

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The South African Medical Association (SAMA) wants the country to be taken back to level 2 lockdown – with more stringent restrictions on gatherings.

South Africa has officially recorded more than one million cumulative cases of COVID-19, with the Department of Health announcing a total of 1 004 413. In the past 24-hour cycle alone, the country recorded 9,502 infections. An additional 214 deaths have been reported, bringing the total death toll in the country to 26,735.

Healthcare workers have flagged growing pressures in the as doctors and nurses say they were unable to cope with the increasing number of COVID-19 patients at hospitals.

SAMA’s director of the alcohol and tobacco unit Angelique Coetzee on Sunday said the rapid spread of the virus was caused by residents not wearing masks and failing to follow all heath protocols. Coetzee said level 2 lockdown should be re-introduced as gatherings and on-premises alcohol consumption were a problem.

“Moving to level 2 lockdown has certain advantages but it’s not enough to decrease alcohol trauma, which is putting pressure on hospitals at the moment and we should consider suspending on-premises liquor sales until 3 January. Meanwhile, it’s only a matter of time before President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation once again after chairing an emergency meeting with the national coronavirus command council (NCCC).

The NCCC, which determines the lockdown regulations, met on Sunday amid a dramatic spike in COVID-19 infections. With government tight-lipped on what exactly was under discussion, expectations are that stricter restrictions will be implemented. Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams on Sunday said the outcomes of the high-level meeting were still being discussed. “Once that process has been completed, the president will then address the nation.”


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  • City of Cape Cape Town says that not having the ability to have a good time New Year’s Eve is the least of their issues this festive season because the Covid-19 state of affairs might change into a lot dire.
  • When the curfew begins, folks can be required to be off the streets.
  • The City can be visiting at the least three alcohol retailers a day in every suburb, to lower the spate of alcohol-related incidents.

The City of Cape Cape Town can be intently eyeing liquor retailers this festive season, as alcohol-related trauma incidents might place an pointless burden on town’s hospitals amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the City’s Safety and Security and Community Services and Health Directorates held a briefing addressing the City’s 2020/21 festive season preparedness plan, discussing new implementations that will be taken to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

Cape Town mayco member JP Smith stated operational plans can be put in place for large days reminiscent of New Year’s Eve.

“The South African Police Services, along with the City services, will put an operational plan in place for each of these big days,” stated Smith.

“When the curfew starts, we will require people not to be on the streets”, he added.

Smith stated that in the mean time, the least of their issues was that folks wouldn’t be allowed to have a good time New Year’s Eve as earlier than.

In addition to the brand new plan, the City can be visiting at the least three alcohol retailers a day in every suburb to monitor compliance, in a bid to lower the spate of alcohol-related incidents.

Law enforcement visited 69 retailers in October and 85 in November, checking for compliance.

This would additionally be certain that hospitals weren’t clogged up by alcohol-related trauma.

Beaches, swimming swimming pools

Addressing the accessibility of leisure parks and seashores, councillor Zahid Badroodien stated the general public would have to work intently with the recreation and parks division to ensure that all of the laws have been adhered to.

“The City has about 370km of coastline and a number of beaches and tidal pools along the length of the City,” he stated.

He stated that in any respect these varied places, facility workers, lifeguards and identikits can be out there over the festive season.

Badroodien additionally emphasised that seaside goers ought to attempt to come dressed for the seaside to minimise interplay within the altering rooms.

With the Covid-19 laws, the swimming pools have been solely in a position to take about 50% of the standard quantity of patrons.

“If you have any symptoms or know of anyone who has had Covid-19 within a short space of time, or if you are waiting for test results, please don’t come to any of our public facilities,” urged Badroodien.

The City was anticipated to have over 600 lifeguards that will be positioned; 340 of whom can be situated seasonally on the seashores, whereas 300 can be based mostly at swimming swimming pools.


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