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Making headlines: Applications for special votes close October 4; Ramaphosa addresses global Covid-19 summit; And, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West have exited third wave
Applications for special votes close October 4
Independent Electoral Commission chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo called on South Africans who are unable to travel to voting stations on voting day to apply for special votes.
The 2021 local government elections will be held on November 1.
Voters with physical infirmity or disability, or those who will be away from their voting districts on election day, can choose to vote at a voting station or during a home visit.
Applications for special votes opened on September 20 and will close at 17:00 on October 4.
Mamabolo appealed to those who will be working on November 1 – such as police officers, nurses, doctors and members of the media – to apply for special votes.
Ramaphosa addresses global Covid-19 summit
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa’s support for the establishment of a global health financial intermediary fund for pandemic preparedness, as well as a Global Health Threats Council.
He was addressing a virtual summit themed ‘Ending the Pandemic and Building Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next’, at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.
The summit envisaged an agreement by leaders on four targets, aimed at creating lasting solutions to combatting Covid-19 and future pandemics.
Ramaphosa has been central in the global leadership response to the pandemic over and above being the Covid-19 Champion for the African Union and the African continent.
He noted that the commitment made to vaccinating at least 70% of the world’s population by 2022 had not even reached 10%.
And, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West have exited third wave
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that three provinces have exited the third wave.
NICD's head of the division of public health, surveillance and response Dr Michelle Groome said Gauteng, Limpopo and North West have exited the third wave according to the current wave definitions.
However, Groome warned although these trends were encouraging, the public should not let their guard down.
South Africa identified 2 967 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to more than 2.8-million.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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