ENGLISH BULLETIN 6PM – 22 MAY 2020

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# Premier Winde says he is frustrated with test backlogs
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# Transport service centres to open soon

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# Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says he is very frustrated with the backlog in testing for the coronavirus in the country.
Many people are complaining that the results of their tests take too long to return to confirm if they have the virus or not.
The Western Cape now has twelve-thousand-one-hundred-and-fifty-three confirmed coronavirus infections.
This is sixty-three-percent of the national infections.
Winde says he is trying to find a solution to the problem of test backlog.
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# The City of Johannesburg has closed a clinic in Eldorado Park after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19.
Staff members were advised to isolate themselves and screening and testing programs were launched.
Residents are assured that the hospital will be disinfected, and all safety precautions will be put in place before the clinic re-opens its doors.
Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku, says there has been an increase in infections among health workers and patients, which has led his department to develop a response team for health institutions for all districts.
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# Driving Licensing Testing Centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools will resume their services with effect from 1 June.
Addressing the media during his visit to the Centurion Driving Licensing Testing Centre, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the opening of these services is subject to hygiene, disinfection control, social distancing and sanitizing measures stipulated in the directions.
The Minister yesterday issued directions related to the commencement of services and extension for the validity period of learner’s licence, driving license cards, license disks, professional driving permits and registration of motor vehicles.

# The Western Cape Department of Social Development has updated the practical guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus infection in residential facilities.
The facilities include old age homes in the province. According to the department, the new guidelines are being distributed to the facilities.
The new guidelines are intended to supplement the ones that were implemented at the beginning of the lockdown.
MEC Sharna Fernadez’s spokesperson, Joshua Chigome says the guidelines include preventative measures.

And finally:
# Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has appealed to South Africans to create a partnership that can work towards the protection and safety of persons with disabilities.
Nkoana-Mashabane made this special appeal during a webinar focusing on upholding the rights of persons with disabilities hosted by the department on Friday.
Held under the theme, Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19 South Africa, the webinar aimed to conduct an interface dialogue as a direct result of the disability specific interventions undertaken by government across services and infrastructure within the COVID-19 government and civil society responses.
In her address, Nkoana-Mashabane pointed out a need for government to put persons with disabilities at the centre of its response to COVID-19.

# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-736-dollars-00 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 34-dollars-66 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 17-Rand-66 one British Pound is 21-Rand-50 and the Euro is currently trading at 19-Rand-26.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 9-thousand-172-dollars-43.

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