Covid-19 Takes Toll on South Africa's Healthworkers, Economy

The nation's largest union, Nehawu, has threatened a strike as healthcare workers face inadequate supplies of protective gear, and public service employees demand their salary increase for 2020. This comes as new studies on the impact of lockdown on the economy show rising joblessness and debt. The City of Cape Town also blamed the pandemic for the delay of several projects, with nearly U.S.$27.7 million to be allocated over to the City's 2020/21 adjusted budget. South Africa's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 12,618 with confirmed cases standing at 599,940 and recoveries at 497,169.


The now closed Khayelitsha Field Hospital developed by MSF to support the nearby Khayelitsha District Hospital to cope with the pressures of peak COVID-19 transmission in the Western Cape (file photo).

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.