No, WHO hasn’t ‘unequivocally’ said South Africa is not ready to lift Covid-19 lockdown

Claim

The World Health Organization “unequivocally” declared that South Africa was not ready to lift the national Covid-19 lockdown.
Source: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament (30 June 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

There is no evidence of the WHO making this statement. The organisation says it only provides guidance but governments have to make their own decisions.

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Can coronavirus only live up to 9 days on objects, as Kenyan traders claim?

Claim

The Covid-19 virus cannot survive on an inanimate object for more than nine days.
Source: The second-hand clothing lobby group, the Mitumba Association of Kenya (July 2020)

correct

Verdict

Scientific evidence relied on by the World Health Organization, drawn from studies and reviews, shows the virus which causes Covid-19 only survives on surfaces for at most nine days.

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No, EFF: Death of 10 South African children doesn’t ‘completely disprove’ low risk of young people contracting Covid-19

Claim

The deaths of at least 10 South African children between the ages of 10 and 19 from Covid-19 “completely disproves the notion that young people and children are less susceptible to contracting the virus”.
Source: Political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (2 July 2020)

incorrect

Verdict

The number of deaths from the disease within a population group does not prove whether or not children are susceptible to Covid-19. Experts recommend using the infection incidence rate.

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In South Africa’s post-coronavirus budget, more than half of tax revenue goes to public servant salaries

Claim

Out of every R1 paid in taxes, 58 cents goes towards paying the salaries of public servants
Source: Leon Schreiber, Democratic Alliance shadow minister for public service and administration (June 2020)

mostly-correct

Verdict

51.4% of total tax revenue goes to public servant salaries, or 51.4 cents out of every R1 in tax.

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