Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Making headlines: Early data suggests Western Cape has left third wave, UK to use SA data and input when reviewing status on Covid-19 travel red list and, Mali could delay post-coup elections
Early data suggests Western Cape has left third wave
The Western Cape has most likely exited its third wave, based on initial data released by the provincial health department.
Premier Alan Winde said the province had recorded 434 new cases daily, based on the seven-day moving average by Thursday.
As of Monday, the Western Cape had 7 810 active Covid-19 infections, with 518 216 Covid-19 cases to date and 490 718 recoveries.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases the Western Cape had recorded 92 new cases on Monday to bring the total number of cases to 508 807.
UK to use SA data and input when reviewing status on Covid-19 travel red list
The United Kingdom will be using data and expertise from South Africa when it reviews its Covid-19 travel red list.
This comes after the UK updated its international travel rules, announcing that eight countries, including Kenya and Egypt, will be moved from the red to the amber list.
At the same time, South Africa will remain on the red list.
The decision to keep South Africa on the UK travel red list drew the ire of scientists and medical professionals in the country, who called the decision irrational.
Experts said the UK's decision was not rooted in science.
Mali could delay post-coup elections
Mali could push back presidential and legislative elections set for next February to avoid their validity being contested, its post-coup prime minister said.
Mali's progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region that has experienced four coups in 13 months, two of them in Mali.
Under pressure from the Economic Community of West African States, Mali's new military leaders agreed to an 18-month transition that would culminate with presidential and legislative elections on February 27, 2022.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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