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Covid-19 in SA: Death toll now at 848 as number of cases surge past 40 000

Source: News 24, 04/06/2020

Just a few days after the government eased lockdown regulations,
Cape Town hospitals have reported seeing an increase in trauma-
related cases. This is said to be putting an unwanted strain on
healthcare facilities, which are under the weight of Covid-19

The government has argued that taxes it has not recouped during
the tobacco ban is outweighed by the potential harms of selling
tobacco products during the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is
set to argue this point in a court case where the Fair Trade
Tobacco Association is trying to get the sale of tobacco

The consignment of PPEs earmarked for school in KwaZulu-Natal that
mysteriously disappeared have reappeared. Media reports quote a
KZN Department of Education spokesperson saying that someone will
be held responsible for the incident.

The Western Cape government will pay private hospitals R16 000 per
bed if the state runs out of bed space. The province remains the
epicentre of the virus, and accounts for about two-thirds of the
total number of cases.

France to turn surplus wine into hand sanitiser

French winemakers will transform wine that went unsold during the
country`s two-month coronavirus lockdown into hand sanitiser and
ethanol to make room for the next harvest, a farming agency said
on Thursday.

Wine sales and exports, particularly to the US, plunged at the
height of the coronavirus crisis, leaving winemakers with millions
of litres of unsold wine.

`From tomorrow, 33 licensed distillers will be able to collect the
wine and distil it,` said Didier Josso, head of the wine branch in
the farming agency FranceAgriMer, at a video press conference.


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