South Africa coronavirus cases top 500,000: government

first_img“While South Africa has the fifth highest number of total COVID-19 cases globally, we have only the 36th highest number of deaths as a proportion of the population,” said Ramaphosa. Corruption investigations South Africa’s case load has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, during the early stage of the pandemic.But the recovery rate has so far been a high 68 percent.South Africa has one of the best health care systems on the continent, but it has been rocked by alleged corruption in the supply of personal protective gear for health workers in public hospitals.Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman Khusela Diko last week took leave pending a probe into her husband’s alleged links to unlawful contracts for personal protective equipment.Diko and her husband have maintained their innocence, saying the contract was never finalized.The health minister for Gauteng province Bandile Masuke was sent on forced leave this week pending a probe into suspected graft in the purchase of protective equipment and other medical supplies.”It is unconscionable that there are people who may be using this health crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves,” Ramaphosa said in his statement Saturday.South Africa has embarked on an aggressive testing and tracing exercise, conducting more than three million tests since the first case of the virus was recorded there in early March.Topics : More than a third of positive cases are in Gauteng province — South Africa’s financial hub.So far the number of fatalities stands at 8,153, although local researchers have recorded a jump of nearly 60 percent in the overall number of natural deaths in recent weeks, suggesting a far higher toll of coronavirus-related fatalities than officially recorded.An analysis by the respected South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) suggested an excess of 22,000 natural mortalities between May 6 and July 21 compared to same period in 2019 and 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Saturday South Africa’s case fatality rate stood at 1.6 percent — “significantly lower than the global average”.center_img South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday, making it by far the hardest-hit country in Africa.The country has become the epicenter of the deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed infections.”Today South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded,” Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.last_img read more

Waterfront penthouse comes with temperature-controlled wine cellar

first_imgThe exterior of Anchorage on Maloja. Anchorage on Maloja. The sale now leaves only four of the developments 12 penthouses available, all of whichfeature state-of-the-art kitchens with Gaggenau appliances, glass shutters to ensureterraces blend seamlessly with living areas, as well as marble, granite, tile and Australianhardwood flooring throughout.Ranging in size from 382sq m to 650sq m, the two-level penthouses have five-bedrooms,four bathrooms, study, three garages, and full-length balconies to capture the stunningwater views.Single-level penthouses have four bedrooms, smart-wired media room, three bathrooms,two-car garages and huge balconies.All the penthouses feature, an outdoor kitchenette, temperature-controlled wine cellar inthe garages and are priced from $2.8 million. Mr Chesterman said their minds were quickly made after viewing the luxurious four-bedroom penthouse complete with a heated lap pool, private jetty with a 12mpontoon and ocean views.“We moved to Caloundra after living in Gladstone and were quick to fall in love with thelifestyle, area and our home,” Mr Chesterman said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“We were very happy with our current home, location and water views and weren’t keepinga watch on the property market, however, after we visited Anchorage on Maloja ourthoughts and plans were quickly changed.“It had everything we were looking for in a home – ample living space, gorgeous views and alevel of luxury we knew would be hard to find elsewhere”.The recent penthouse sale is the fourth made by Billie LeKich at Anchorage on Maloja, withstrong interest in the remaining residences. The prestigious waterfront penthouses of Anchorage on Maloja have secured another record sale for Caloundra with a single level penthouse snapped up by a local couple for $3 million.A single-level penthouse at Caloundra has sold for a whopping $3 million.The waterfront penthouse at Anchorage on Maloja was snapped up by a local couple.Selling agent Billie LeKich, of Billie’s Prestige Selection, said the sale was a “recent record” for Caloundra following a $4.25 million purchase at Anchorage on Maloja, which she secured in 2015.“This is quite a spectacular sale for the coastal town, which is beginning to see steadygrowth in property value and certainly bodes well for the market leading into the secondquarter of 2019,” she said.“A number of buyers from Brisbane and interstate are showing a lot of interest in Caloundradue to its proximity to Brisbane whilst offering a beach front lifestyle.”Mrs LeKich said the vast inquiry she is seeing at Anchorage on Maloja was largely due to thewaterfront position and unsurpassed views the boutique collection of homes offered.“This is a truly unique development which offers luxury and house-sized apartments inproximity to Caloundra CBD and its shopping and dining precinct,” she said.“The location paired with well thought-out and luxurious design has cemented its positionas a one-of-a-kind development on the Sunshine Coast, which has attracted strong salesresults, such as this most recent $3 million sale,” she said.Pelican Waters locals Peter and Helen Chesterman said despite not actively looking topurchase, the chance to own one of the opulent waterfront penthouses was too good tomiss.last_img read more

Summer Vacation

first_imgToday it is your kids who determine when your summer vacation will occur.  It used to be that the head of the family or his/her job determined when you got off.  Now you have to check your child or children’s summer camp schedule to see when you get to go on vacation.In a state like Indiana, you only have 2 months off from school.  The month of June is normally heavily scheduled with athletic contests.  That means you have as few as 4 weeks in July to go on a trip.  Is this really summer vacation?last_img