S African govt to appeal court judgement declaring lockdown rules ‘invalid’ Jun 05, 2020 0 107 12345 AFPJohannesburgSouth Africa’s government on Thursday said it would appeal a court ruling that struck down a raft of coronavirus lockdown regulations.A provincial division of the High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of a community group that filed a legal challenge against the government’s response to the pandemic last month.Judges declared confinement measures imposed under levels three and four of a five-tier lockdown to be “unconstitutional and invalid”, after which the verdict was suspended for 14 days.“We are of the view that another court might come to a different conclusion on the matter,” the cabinet said in a statement released after a virtual meeting.“Cabinet has therefore decided to appeal the North Gauteng High Court decision... on an urgent basis.”The government also extended by another month a state of national disaster declared at the start of South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak in mid-March, and which is now expected to end on July 15.Africa’s most industrialised economy rolled out one of the world’s strictest lockdowns on March 27, shuttering almost all businesses and banning non-essential outings.But the economic costs have been heavy, stoking frustrations about the government’s handling of the outbreak. South Africa’s main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, also contested some lockdown rules in court last month, including a ban on e-commerce and a night curfew.The country has Africa’s highest number of coronavirus cases, with 35,815 infections and at least 755 deaths recorded to date. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iran reports most new virus cases since outbreak began Jun 05, 2020 0 674 Head of Libya unity govt says ‘determined’ to control whole country Jun 05, 2020 0 682 Africa CDC tries to ramp up coronavirus tests as lockdowns ease Jun 05, 2020 0 856 Woman responsible for 42 Covid infections in Lebanon, says minister Beirut A Lebanese woman who recently returned from Saudi Arabia is responsible for infecting 42 people with Covid-19 in the village of Barja, south of Beirut, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said on Thursday. Hassan called .. Syrian ground defences confront Israeli airstrikes: State media Damascus Syrian ground defences confronted an Israeli air attack in the countryside of north-western Hama province, Syrian state media reported late Thursday. The state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said the Israeli .. Palestinians refuse tax money from Israel, accusing it of ‘blackmail’ DPA Tel Aviv/Ramallah The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) has refused to accept the 200-million-dollar monthly tax revenues collected by Israel, accusing it of “blackmail.” Its refusal to accept the money, .. Jordan says to lift ‘most’ coronavirus restrictions AFP Amman Jordan announced Thursday it will lift most restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, with mosques, restaurants and churches allowed to reopen. There will be “a period of general .. Nigerian army kills almost 400 bandits during land, air operation Lagos Soldiers have killed almost 400 bandits during land and air offensives in northern Nigeria, the army said on Thursday. The criminals had attacked and killed civilians during raids on villages in the region, army ..