Flash Briefing: HUGE Covid-19 case recording error led to scare-precipitated lope bans; vaccine mandates; NPA makes corruption its precedence

  • An untimely dump of 17,718 historical Covid-19 conditions on 22 November created the impression that South Africa had seen a dire spike in coronavirus infections – fair valid as the nation told the sphere in regards to the Omicron variant. Interior hours of the announcement of the invention on Thursday, the UK and other international locations launched lope bans which were slammed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as “unjustified”. On the replace hand, on the actual 2nd the announcement used to be made, coronavirus records accessible confirmed that South Africa had seen a significant spike in Covid-19 conditions – from 312 on 21 November, to 18,586 on 22 November. In point of truth there were handiest 868 new conditions whereas 17,718 of the conditions launched were historical conditions – some as frail as April 2020, in accordance with records reviewed by News24. The Division of Health used to be asked to account for the resolution-making within the support of the publication of the historical records, but had now not spoke back on the time News24 printed the article.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa is anticipated to uncover the file on vaccine mandates rapidly, as agencies, unions and health groups name for the policy to be executed. The South African Scientific Analysis Council says that health facility admissions within the wake of the Omicron Covid variant are dominated by unvaccinated folk. Unions possess called for future lockdown restrictions to handiest follow to those that possess chosen now to now not secure vaccinated. Non-public companies, universities, and even some colleges possess already adopted basic vaccination insurance policies, with more anticipated to follow swimsuit. 
  • Sooner than an anticipated “avalanche” of conditions emanating from the Recount Take Inquiry, the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has made corruption its precedence, acknowledged prosecutions boss Recommend Shamila Batohi. In a briefing, Batohi acknowledged the NPA used to be making in a position to strategically snatch conditions creating from the Recount Take Inquiry, in accordance with its restricted sources. She added that combating corruption will remain the NPA’s high precedence. “Transferring forward, there’s going to be an avalanche of work coming from the Zondo Price. There would possibly perhaps per chance be an expectation that there would possibly perhaps per chance be rapidly successes … but there would possibly perhaps be an infinite contrast between testifying in a commission and placing together a watertight case,” acknowledged Batohi.

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