Covid-19 round-up: Covid-19 grant extended and UJ students protest against mandatory vaccination

In Covid-19-related news this week, government extends the Covid-19 grant, South Africa records zero Covid-19-related deaths for the first time in almost two years on February 28 and the University of Johannesburg students protest against mandatory vaccination.

Covid-19 SRD grant extension: Application process explained

Government announced on February 26 that it has extended the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant until March 2023.

The grant was first introduced as a temporary relief measure in April 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to assist citizens between the age of 18 and 59 with no source of income, or those facing financial hardships.

To find out more about the application process, read more on: The Citizen

Covid-19 deaths: SA records zero fatalities for the first time since May 2020

For the first time in almost two years, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) recorded zero Covid-19-related deaths on February 28.

In a statement, the institute said that while the Department of Health reported 183 deaths due to an ongoing audit, there were no new deaths reported in the 24-hours leading up to February 28.

This was the first time since May 2020.

NICD has recorded a total of 99 499 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Read more on: The Citizen

UJ students deliver memorandum against mandatory vaccination

Students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) took to the streets on May 3 to protest against the institute’s mandatory vaccination policy.

Students were heard chanting, “No to mandatory vaccination…it cannot be right that we are forced to take what we don’t want in our body.”

In December 2021, UJ made the decision to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory.

The policy, which came into effect on January 1, states that all staff and students need to provide their vaccination status in order to gain access to the campus.

Read more on: Northcliff Melville Times

On May 3, South Africa reported 1 853 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 3 679 539. A total of 23 166 727 tests had been conducted to date.

A further two Covid-19-related deaths were reported in the past 24 to 48 hours, bringing total fatalities to 99 499. Recoveries stood at 3 554 282

A total of 31 879 613 vaccines had been administered across the country.

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