ENGLISH BULLETIN 8AM – 23 MAY 2020

In your top stories this hour
# SA’s COVID-19 cases breach 20-thousand mark
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# S&P keeps SA on Junk Status

The time is 8 o’clock, I’m ____________________. Good morning.

# South Africa’s COVID-19 related fatalities have gone up by twenty-eight.
This brings the total national coronavirus death toll to 3-hundred-and-97.
As oflast night, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 20-thousan-125.
The total number of recoveries to date is 10-thousand-104.
The Department of Health says a total of more than 5-hundred-and-43-thousand tests have been conducted with 17-thousand done in the last 24-hour cycle.

# The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it hopes that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver a budget that will encourage job creation.
Mboweni will deliver an emergency budget that has been necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic next month.
The national lockdown has seen some employers retrenching workers as economic activity has slowed down.
South Africa had a high unemployment rate even before the coronavirus pandemic.
Matthew Parks of COSATU says the country cannot afford to lose more jobs.
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# The Western Cape Government has so far committed one-coma-four-billion-rand in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the province.
This was revealed by MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier during a virtual presentation to the ad-hoc committee of the provincial legislature.
The Western Cape is the epicenter of the virus in the country with the most daily infections compared to other provinces.
Maynier says most of the money has been committed towards the Department of Health.

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# Government says it had no choice but to put measures in place to protect South Africans from the coronavirus.
This was in response to the latest S&P credit rating decision to keep the country under non-investment grade.
It cites a weak fiscal position and the large COVID-19 relief package as reasons.
Last month, S&P lowered South Africa’s sovereign credit rating further into junk status, citing the negative impact of COVID-19 on the country’s already ailing economy.

And finally:
# People arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the government has said.
Travellers will need to tell the government where they will quarantine, with enforcement through random spot checks and £1,000 fines in England.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the measure would “reduce the risk of cases crossing our border”.
Lorry drivers, seasonal farm workers, and coronavirus medics will be exempt.

# 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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