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Lockdown: EFF Lay Charges, Hospital In Trouble

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But given the uncertain times we are in because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Soccer Laduma has a responsibility to keep the Soccer Laduma family updated on the latest news on the virus, and how it’s affecting Mzansi.

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Here are four of the biggest stories on News24 related to the COVID-19 pandemic as week two of South Africa’s nationwide 21-day lockdown draws to a close:

The EFF lays criminal charges against Ndabeni-Abrahams

The EFF has laid criminal charges against Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who on Wednesday admitted to having transgressed lockdown regulations after a photo of her at a luncheon surfaced on social media.

The party has also opened a case against Mduduzi Manana, the former Department of Higher Education deputy minister, who Ndabeni-Abrahams had visited for lunch.

Treasury centralises sourcing of protective gear

As the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa continues to grow, National Treasury has moved to centralise the sourcing of personal protective equipment from suppliers.

This comes as countries around the globe scramble to secure scarce medical equipment to fight the virus, which has already killed over 83 000 people worldwide.

4 die from coronavirus at St Augustine's Hospital, Durban, as 47 staffers test positive

Netcare is investigating a Covid-19 outbreak at St Augustine's Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal where four people have died from Covid-19 and 47 staff members tested positive.

Netcare CEO Richard Friedland said 33 of the 47 staffers were self-isolating and the remaining 14 were being "accommodated" at Netcare's facility "to ensure they are able to safely self-quarantine".

It was previously reported that three people had died from coronavirus at the hospital, but the hospital confirmed on Wednesday that number increased to four.

Wits engineers designed a face shield that can be made in 3 minutes to help hospitals during Covid-19

A team of University of the Witwatersrand engineers has come up with an innovative face shield design which can be made in just three minutes (including the set-up times) to protect hospital staff in the fight against Covid-19.

Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheeting and cut using a laser, the shields are aimed at answering a national call to help meet the growing demand for protective gear for medical staff.a

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