Tuesday, 13 October 2020 22:38

 

It’s been over 200 days since the country declared a national lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 and efforts are now showing results. 

We have seen a decline in Covid-19 daily infections as some parts of the country have reached the peak during the lockdown period.

South Africa has recorded 1 178 new cases, bringing the total number to 694 537. The Department of Health has also announced 165 more COVID-19 related deaths.

"Thirty-one from Eastern Cape; 28 from the Free State; 50 from KwaZulu Natal; 31 from Gauteng; five from Limpopo; four from Mpumalanga; five from Northern Cape and 11 from Western Cape," said the department in a statement.

The total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now 18 028.

The  recoveries now stand at 625 574 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Meanwhile Facebook will start banning advertisements that discourage people from getting vaccinated, the social media company said, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information campaign.

The United States-based company said in a blog post on Tuesday that ads advocating for or against legislation or government policies around vaccines, including a COVID-19 vaccine, would still be allowed.

Facebook said it would begin to enforce the new policy in the next few days.

“Our goal is to help messages about the safety and efficacy of vaccines reach a broad group of people, while prohibiting ads with misinformation that could harm public health efforts,” the company said.

“We already don’t allow ads with vaccine hoaxes that have been publicly identified by leading global health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” it added.

Facebook, which has been under pressure from politicians and public health groups to crack down on anti-vaccine content and misinformation on its platform, said that although a COVID-19 vaccine would not be available for some time, the pandemic had highlighted the importance of preventive health behaviours.

Facebook’s rules prohibit ads with vaccine misinformation, but ads expressing opposition to vaccines had been allowed if they did not contain false claims.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.