30 Things You Didn’t Know About Lungile Tom And His Death To Covid-19
In today’s article, we’ll be emphasizing things you didn’t know about Lungile Tom’s death. In case you’ve not come across the name before, Lungile Tom is a South African eNCA cameraman that died from the Covid-19 pandemic, which was confirmed by his company. Having been hospitalized, he, unfortunately, passed on due to complications related to the disease. In this article, we’ll be talking on specific details that you need to know about Lungile Tom’s death. Also, in this article, we’ll be talking about the impact of the pandemic in South Africa which has killed many people including Lungile Tom.
According to sources, Lungile Tom was tested and admitted to intensive care. His test results confirmed that he had Covid-19, and however passed away in hospital. One thing you need to know about Lungile Tom before his death was that he’s known for his larger-than-life personality and his dedication to his craft. “His buoyant laughter will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Nandipha, and his children,” Lee said. Now, let’s just give you a few hints on the thing you need to know about Lungile Tom death.
What Do You Need to Know About Lungile Tom Death?
- Lungile Tom joined eNCA in December 2013 after moving from CNBC Africa.
- Lungile Tom was first hospitalized after complications related to coronavirus disease.
- He was later tested in the hospital which confirmed he had the virus.
- He later passed away on a Wednesday morning in the hospital.
- He died at the age of 45.
- In a statement, eMedia Investments said that it was saddened by the loss of its camera operator, who worked at eNCA at the company’s Cape Town office.
- “In adherence to government regulations, we have disinfected and closed the affected floor at the Cape Town offices. The company has informed the Department of Labour, and in the meanwhile instituted a tracing and tracking process”.
- “All employees who have had contact with Lungile have been advised to stay at home will be tested and go into self-isolation.”
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
The COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 . Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the virus spread to South Africa, with the first known patient being a male citizen who tested positive upon his return from Italy.
Currently, South Africa stands at the top in terms of the highest number of cases in Africa. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a national state of disaster, and announced measures such as immediate travel restrictions and the closure of schools.
- Major sporting codes suspended their activities, including Super Rugby, 2019-20 Pro14 season, Varsity Rugby, Premier Soccer League, Athletics South Africa, Sunshine Tour golf, Wimpy Lifesaving South Africa national championships and Parkrun. The Cape Epic cycle tour, the 2020 Two Oceans Marathon and the 2020 Comrades Marathon were cancelled.
- Live events cancelled or postponed included the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE), Bloem Show, AfrikaBurn, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Splashy Fen Festival, Rand Show, National Arts Festival (changing to virtual), SciFest Africa (postponed to 9–15 September), WWE Live South Africa (postponed until September) and Comic Con Cape Town. South African tours were postponed by the Lighthouse Family, Boyz II Men and BeBe Winans.
- Trade and agricultural shows postponed or cancelled included HuntEx, DecorEx Cape Town & Durban, Tyrexpo (postponed to 4–6 August 2020), Power & Electricity World expo (postponed until 20–21 August), the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show, SA Cheese Festival, Qualité Awards Dinner, and Agri-Expo Western Cape Youth Show.
- The Zion Christian Church cancelled its annual Easter pilgrimage. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) suspended Friday prayers, then closed mosques altogether on Sunday 22 March, but the call to prayer will still be given. Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein suspended Synagogues. Traditional circumcision schools in the Eastern Cape were suspended.
- The City of Johannesburg closed all public facilities indefinitely including public swimming pools, recreational and civic centres, stadiums, libraries, sporting facilities, and the Johannesburg Zoo. The Ethekhwini Metropolitan Municipality closed all of Durban’s public facilities including swimming pools, beaches, libraries, community halls, and museums while restrictions have been put in place for the Durban Art Gallery and cemeteries to only allow 50 people at a time. The City of Cape Town closed all public facilities indefinitely including public swimming pools.
- On 1 March 2020, the first patient later confirmed with COVID-19 in South Africa, returned with his wife and 8 others from the Metropolitan City of Milan in Italy, travelling via Dubai, O. R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng and King Shaka International Airport in Durban to Hilton.
- On 3 March, the patient reported with symptoms to a private general practitioner and isolated himself; the doctor isolated herself as well. On 5 March the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, announced the first confirmed case, epidemiologists and clinicians from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) were deployed to KwaZulu-Natal in response, and the patient went to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
- The Johannesburg Stock Exchange lost 15% of its value in the week ending 13 March 2020, its worst week in 21 years.
- By mid-March, isolation measures gathered pace, and on 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster, prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people.
- On 17 March, Ramaphosa, supported by Deputy President David Mabuza, convened the inaugural meeting of the National Command Council on COVID-19, or as it was subsequently called, the National Coronavirus Command Council, “to lead the nation’s plan to contain the spread and mitigate the negative impact of the coronavirus”.
- On 18 March, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma signed a government gazette limiting the number of patrons at pubs, clubs, and restaurants to 50.
- The African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) postponed their elective conferences. The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) cancelled all scheduled cases and prohibited walk-in referrals of new cases – in lieu of electronic referrals.
- Schools were closed on 18 March 2020, resuming tentatively in May, with the June holidays shortened by a week and the September holidays shortened by 3 days. Most universities suspended classes around this time as well. University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban University of Technology graduation ceremonies were cancelled or postponed until further notice.
- On 19 March, Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel signed a government gazette that enforces price controls on essential items and that could see price gougers punished with measures including a R10 million fine, a fine equivalent to 10% of a firm’s turnover, or 12 months in prison.
- The South African Reserve Bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago announced a reduction of the country’s repo rate by 100 basis points or 1 percentage point to 5.25%.
- On 22 March, Standard Bank announced a 90-day payment holiday for small and medium-sized business and students to try and shield them from the economic impact of the outbreak, starting from 1 April.
- At the beginning of the national shutdown on 27 March South African economists predicted that the pandemic could cause a 2.5% to 10% contraction of South Africa’s total GDP in 2020. The national lockdown and resulting economic slowdown reduced demand for electricity by more than 7500 MW thereby temporarily reducing the impact of the long running South African energy crisis. It is estimated that the government would experience a revenue shortfall for 2020 of between R70 billion and R100 billion. This resulted in the South African government announcing a R500 billion (US$26.9 billion) stimulus package thereby accelerating deficit spending from 6.8% to over 10% of GDP for the 2020 financial year.
- By 23 April, when President Ramaphosa again addressed the nation the total number of cases had increased to 3953. Detailed figures released by the NICD showed that in April that the number of cases had taken distinct trajectories in different provinces. In the two weeks from 9 to 23 April, the cases in the coastal provinces had a very high increase — Eastern Cape cases rose 583% from a low base, KwaZulu-Natal rose 108% and Western Cape 148%. North West (67%) and Gauteng (57%) had high increases, while the other provinces had much lower increases from 6% in the Northern Cape to 23% in Limpopo (all with low absolute numbers — 106 in the Free State and under 30 in each of the other provinces).
- On 19 May 2020, scientists advising the government estimated 475 confirmed COVID-19 deaths by the end of that month, and more than forty-thousand deaths by November. They also estimated that there could be insufficient ICU beds by June or July. The scientists stated that these estimates were subject to deviations and were based on simple and pessimistic assumptions.
- On 3 June, Minister Dlamini-Zuma extended the state of disaster, which was to lapse on 15 June, three months after its announcement, to 4 July citing “the need to continue augmenting the existing mitigation measures undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster.”
- As of 5 June 2020, of 850871 people tested, 43434 cases were confirmed, 908 died, and 23088
- Volunteers in Philippi, Cape Town packing food parcels to be given out to the needy during the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. The lockdown had a seriously negative impact on South Africa’s economy that hit the poor and unemployed especially hard.