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Daily Coronavirus Update and Statistics

Europe is experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 forcing many European countries to go into lockdown again. Scientists in South Africa called on South Africans to learn from the mistakes made by other countries and continue to observe regulations pertaining to social distancing and hygiene. “South Africans cannot become complacent and lazy. If that happens, we will face another wave of the Coronavirus which could see the country going into lockdown again. Especially with the festive season approacing, South Africans have to adhere to established protocol,” said one scientist.

It is close to a year since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China. Since the outbreak scientists across the globe have pleaded with people to steer clear of social gatherings, to work from home, and to wear a mask when they do venture outside. South Africans see the festive season as an opportunity for year-end functions, family braai’s, and packed beaches.

The chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, Professor Abdool Karim, however said that now was not the time to forget that we were in the grip of a global pandemic. “People are tired, they’re frustrated, they’re irritated and they just want it to end. We control our risks and we control our country’s risk. If we are just a bit more careful… we just need to hang in there.”

Professor Shabir Madhi of Wits Vaccinology said that South Africa was already experiencing a resurgence in cases. “When you go around South Africa right now, people have become more complacent in terms of the use of the face maks, in terms of the physical distancing, in terms of avoiding overcrowded places. Complacency has crept in.” It is this complacency and super spreader events that have been the key drivers in the second wave gripping Europe and the United States.

National News – Rock Legend Van Halen Dies

Eddie Van Halen, the Dutch-American musician died  yesterday when he lost his battle with cancer.   Van Halen’s son, Wolf, announced the news on Tuesday.  Van Halen was a guitar virtuoso and his group, Van Halen, was considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time.  They sold over 75 million albums with hits like Panama, Run-in with the Devil and Eruption.  Their most well known and loved hit song however was Jump, which was released in 1985.  “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolf Van Halen wrote on Twitter.  “He was the best father I could ask for.  Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.  My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.  I love you so much, Pop.”

Eddie Van Halen, Rock legend dies of cancer

Eddie van Halen was born in the Netherlands and raised in California.  Eddie, along with his older brother Alex, founded the rock group in the early 1970’s.  Eddie was especially famous for a technique called “finger tapping” – where the guitar is played with two hands like a piano.  Van Halen struggled with his health and addiction for many years. “I didn’t drink to party.  Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me.  I would use them for work.  The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions.  I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state.”


Tributes from the biggest names in the music industry started pouring in after Van Halen’s death was announced on Tuesday.  “I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen.  He fought a long and hard battle with cancer right to the very end.  Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend.  Rest in Peace my dear friend till we meet again,” tweeted Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi. Eddie Van Halen is survived by his son and his wife Janie, as well as his first wife Bertinelli.

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