Wednesday, 01 June 2022 20:34

SA records 2,647 new COVID-19 cases with 29 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 2,647 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,960,424.

The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (34%), followed by Western Cape (23%). Kwa-Zulu Natal accounted for 12%; Eastern Cape accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape each accounted for 4% respectively; and Limpopo accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.

This increase represents an 11.3% positivity rate.

The proportion of positive new cases/total new tested today is 11.3%, and is lower than yesterday (12.6%). The 7-day average is 11.8% today, and is lower than yesterday (12.7%).

Today, the NDoH reports 29 deaths and of these 6 deaths occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative COVID-19 deaths are 100,219 to date.

Meanwhile the world's richest man appears to have had it with this whole working-from-home business.

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc, weighed in on the return-to-office debate Wednesday on Twitter by elaborating on an email he apparently sent to the electric-car maker’s executive staff.

Under the subject line "Remote work is no longer acceptble" [sic], Musk wrote that "anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla."

He went on to write that the office "must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties, for example being responsible for Fremont factory human relations, but having your office be in another state."

While Musk didn't directly address whether the email was authentic, the billionaire did strongly suggest it is by responding to a follower who asked about people who think going into work is an antiquated concept. "They should pretend to work somewhere else," he tweeted.

It’s not the first time Musk's tough-love treatment of his employees has come up.

Roughly two weeks before Musk prevailed in his attempt to strike a deal to buy Twitter Inc, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist and entrepreneur Keith Rabois tweeted a story from Musk's startup days. Once, at Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Musk had noticed a group of interns milling around while they waited in a line for coffee.

To Musk, it was an affront to productivity. According to Rabois, who knows Musk from their days at PayPal Holdings Inc, Musk responded by threatening to fire all the interns if it happened again, and had security cameras installed so that the company could monitor compliance.

The email’s reference to factory workers is also interesting in light of the situation at Tesla's own factory in Shanghai.

There, thousands of workers have been effectively locked in for months, working 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Up until recently, many were sleeping on the factory floor as part of a so-called closed loop manufacturing system meant to keep Covid out and cars rolling off the production line.

Workers brought in to bring the factory back up to speed are now being shuttled between the facility and their sleeping quarters — either disused factories or an old military camp — with day-shift and night-shift workers sharing beds in makeshift dorms.