COVID-19: 57 more who travelled from Western to Eastern Cape test positive

The Eastern Cape health department has confirmed that another 57 travellers from the Eastern Cape have tested positive for COVID-19

COVID-19: 57 more who travelled from Western to Eastern Cape test positive

Another 57 people who recently travelled from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape have teste positive for COVID-19.

Government opened a seven-day cross-provincial travel window in the first week of Level 4 lockdown restrictions.

Western Cape travellers contribute to Eastern Cape COVID-19 numbers

During this period, thousands entered the Eastern Cape from the Western Cape, the epicentre of the virus.

Initially, 80 of the travellers tested positive for the coronavirus, and the number has now risen to 137 after another 57 confirmed cases.

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba says this has contributed the province’s caseload, which has now reached 1 078 as of Saturday, with the death toll at 21.

The majority of the new cases in the province are shared between OR Tambo, Buffalo City, Amathole and Graaff-Reinet municipalities.

According to Gomba, efforts to ramp up tracing have been put in place.

 “Because we cannot get to everyone who recently travelled from other provinces at the same time, we are calling on people to be responsible citizens and contact our 24-hour call centre on 08000 32364 so that they can be screened and tested if they have any of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”

She added: “We need everyone to play their part because people’s lives are at risk. If we all get infected by the coronavirus at the same time, our healthcare system will not cope and it will result in more deaths than could have been prevented,” said Gomba.

South Africa has 9 420 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the death toll at 186.

Thousands of seasonal farmworkers enter the EC

More than half of the cases have come from the Western Cape, which has recorded 4 809 infections and a death toll of 95.

Many of the travellers who crossed into the Eastern Cape are said to be seasonal farmworkers employed in the Western Cape.

EC Premier Oscar Mabuyane revealed earlier in the week that they are struggling to trace the potential carriers of the deadly virus who entered the province during the first week of May.

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Global retail sales will drop by $2.1 trillion in 2020

Apart from grocery and essential consumables, other categories will see a marked decline in 2020 across the globe.

Global retail sales will drop by $2.1 trillion in 2020

Global retail sales in 2020 will decline by an average of 9.6% globally due to the pandemic, which equates to a loss of approximately US$2.1-trillion.

This is detailed in a study by international market research company Forrester. It also predicts that it will take four years for retailers to surpass pre-pandemic levels of retail sales.

According to the company’s updated retail forecasts across North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the impact of the virus on retail sales will vary, given the regional differences and considering that each country is at a different stage of the pandemic.

“COVID–19 is significantly impacting the global retail landscape,” said Michael O’Grady, principal forecast analyst at Forrester.

Non-grocery retail categories tumble

“Retail categories like grocery and essential consumables are performing well, while other categories like fashion, beauty and cosmetics are seeing a marked decline in consumer spend,” O’Grady said.

He continued: “In 2020, there will be a significant decline in global retail sales, particularly with non-essential items sold offline, which will be a big challenge for brick–and–mortar retailers.

“Online sales, however, will be more resilient. To navigate the crisis, retailers need to manage their costs and drive their eCommerce sales and services as much as possible.” 

But he cautioned that, in many instances, retailers’ growth in online sales will not be enough to offset the lost sales from likely brick-and-mortar store closures in many markets.

Key regional retail predictions

According to Forrester, retail sales in the US will fall by US$321-billion in 2020, a decline of 9.1% from 2019. In neighbouring Canada, similar losses are expected, with total retail spending expected to decline by US$25-billion in 2020, representing a 7.7% drop from 2019.

Looking at Europe, retail sales will lose €260-billion across all the key markets of the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

For the UK specifically, Forrester expects a £56-billion loss in retail sales in 2020, an estimated decline of 11.4% from 2019. In Germany, total retail sales will fall by €60-billion, a decline of 10% from 2019.

China takes a big hit in Asia-Pacific

In the Asia-Pacific, the loss of sales across the entire region is predicted to reach US$767-billion in 2020, a decline of 10% from 2019. China is the most negatively affected, with US$192-billion of retail sales lost in January and February of 2020 alone, compared to the same period in 2019.

Forrester did not provide estimates for the African continent.

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