1. COVID-19 stats
At the time of this publication, South Africa had recorded 1,552,853 cases of which 437 are new. The total number of deaths has climbed to 53,032 increased by 37 news deaths. The South African recovery rate is currently standing at 1,478,820. The total number of active cases is 21,001 as confirmed by the South African Government.
2. The 11,000 square meter surgical hospital in Pretoria has been completed
Growthpoint completes Cintocare Hospital development the first of its kind for Africa
An 11 000 sqm specialized surgical hospital development by Growthpoint Properties (JSE: GRT) and Cintocare has opened in Pretoria, Gauteng, to become the first 5-star rated green hospital in Africa, and only the fifth in the world with its specialized surgical mix and clinical business model.
3. South Africa’s vaccination rollout
Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced that the strategy that has been on hold for the vaccine rollout in South Africa is currently been revised. South Africa’s government is considering suggestions from experts and communities. The previously suggested approach was for the vulnerable and essential workers.
Once everything is set, Mkhize said the government will inform the nation as to who is to register for vaccines in the next phase.
4. Facebook Data Hack
ENCA reported that Facebook denies any breach of 533 million user’s data. “It is important to understand that malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019,“
“This is another example of the ongoing, adversarial relationship technology companies have with fraudsters who intentionally break platform policies to scrape internet services,” said Mike Clark in a post, the Facebook product management director.
5. The Economic Market
In a tweet, Citadel Global said “Hopes of a global economic recovery as countries continue their vaccination rollout programmes saw lower yields and ongoing risk appetite. USD slid to a 2-week low and ZAR tested a break below R14.50/$.”
“The rand remains upbeat, opening at R14.51/$, R17.21/€ and R20.05/£.”