National State Of Disaster Extended

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Government has decided to extend the national state of disaster by another month. 


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Government has decided to extend the national state of disaster by another month. 
In a statement released on Thursday, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed the extension.  
Minister Dlamini-Zuma said the extension means lockdown measures will need to stay in place until 15 April 2021.
“The decision to extend the state of national disaster follows consultations and Cabinet approval. Consideration of the material conditions within the context of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy motivated a decision to endorse this further extension,” reads the statement. 
The Minister said the public must continue to follow Covid-19 guidelines in order to save lives and protect the livelihoods of all people living in South Africa.
As of Friday 12 March 2021, the Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has recorded 1 478 new Coronavirus cases and 95 new deaths. 
This brings the cumulative total to 1 525 648 infections, while the total deaths recorded stands at 51 110.
Total number of deaths per province:

 25 - Gauteng
21 - Free State
17 - Northern Cape
11 - Western Cape
10 - Limpopo
6 - KwaZulu-Natal
5 - Eastern Cape

The rollout of the vaccination programme has been going well, as 138 014 healthcare workers have been vaccinated as of 11 March.
Government now plans to speed up the process in order to reach a target of 1 million people by the end of March. 
A total of 500 000 more Johnson&Johnson vaccine doses are expected to arrive in March, and three million more will arrive between April and June.
Minister Mkhize has urged companies to not force employees to take the vaccine, as vaccination must be done voluntarily. 
“Companies should not force anyone to take the vaccine but explain to them that in fact, it’s in their best interest to be able to do so. However, if someone decides not to take the vaccine I think all you can do is to continue to persuade them.” said the Minister. 

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