Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:48

 

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now sits at 765 409.

This is an increase of 2 646 new cases identified in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 5 269 062 with 26 007 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 86 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 58, Free State 17, KwaZulu Natal 2 and Western Cape 9. This brings the total to 20 845 deaths, said Mkhize.

Of the 86 deaths, 22 reportedly occurred in the past 48 hours: 13 in Eastern Cape, 1 in KwaZulu Natal, 8 in Western Cape.

Mkhize added that the recoveries now stand at 707 784 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,5%.

Meanwhile G20 member states are set to debate how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that has caused a global recession and how to manage the recovery once COVID-19 is under control.

High on the agenda are purchases and global distribution of vaccines, drugs and tests for low-income countries that cannot afford such expenses themselves. The European Union will urge the G20 on Saturday to invest $4.5bn to help.

"The main theme will be to step up global cooperation to address the pandemic," said a senior G20 official taking part in the preparations for the two-day summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia and held virtually because of the pandemic.

To prepare for the future, the EU will propose a treaty on pandemics.

"An international treaty would help us respond more quickly and in a more coordinated manner," the EU’s Charles Michel is expected to tell G20 leaders on Sunday.

However, G20 leaders face mounting pressure to help stave off possible credit defaults across developing nations.

While the global economy is recovering from the depths of the crisis earlier this year, momentum is slowing in countries with resurging infection rates, the recovery is uneven and the pandemic is likely to leave deep scars, the International Monetary Fund said in a report for the G20 summit.

Especially vulnerable are poor and highly indebted countries in the developing world, which are "on the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering", United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday.

To address this, the G20 will endorse a plan to extend a debt servicing moratorium for developing countries by six months to mid-2021, with a possibility of a further extension, said a draft G20 communique.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.