‘No difference in COVID-19 death risks in Western Cape public hospitals during second wave’

Public Health Medicine Specialist Professor Mary-Anne Davies says there has been no difference in the risk of death in COVID-19 patients in public healthcare facilities in the Western Cape during the first and second wave of the pandemic.  

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False negative COVID-19 tests are more worrying than false positive: Expert

Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Essa Suleman says a false positive COVID-19 tests are more worrying than false positive tests.

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Gift of the Givers questions accuracy of COVID-19 figures

Humanitarian aid organisation, Gift of the Givers claims that the COVID-19 death toll figures released by the Department of Health are inaccurate.

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Body’s natural antibodies are less effective against new COVID-19 variant: Prof Karim

Prof Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim,  chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, says the body’s natural antibodies are less effective against the new variant of the coronavirus that has been identified in South Africa, meaning those who have been infected can be re-infected.

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New variant of coronavirus 50% more infectious: Professor Karim

Chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says there is evidence that the new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa, known as 501Y.V2, is 50% more infectious as it binds more readily to human cells.

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Improved COVID-19 testing will help identify hotspots: Expert

Senior researcher at the CSIR, Doctor Ridhwaan Suliman, has stressed the importance of improved testing for coronavirus in South Africa, saying this will help identify hotspot areas across the country and ultimately combat the virus.

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Brazil clears emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines, shots begin

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca, kicking off immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.

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SA COVID-19 daily cases on the decline, deaths expected to increase: Statistics

The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics for South Africa indicate a decline in the number of daily new cases nationally, but the daily number of deaths is expected to continue to increase.

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KZN govt urges residents to go to hospitals as soon as they experience COVID-19 symptoms

The KwaZulu-Natal government has urged residents to go to hospital as soon as they experience COVID-19 symptoms.

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Fauci says 100 million vaccinations in 100 days ‘absolutely a doable thing’

President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday.

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Branson’s Virgin Orbit tries to reach space with mid-air rocket launch

Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit aims to reach space for the first time on Sunday by launching a rocket from mid-air, a key attempt after aborting the rocket’s first test launch last year.

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Interim report on racial prejudice allegations against Medical Aid schemes to be released

An interim report of an investigation into allegations that medical aid schemes were withholding payments to some health professionals based on their race and ethnicity is expected to be released later today.

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Lack of funding hinders the development of a COVID-19 vaccine in SA: Medical Research Council

The Medical Research Council has sought to explain the reasons behind local scientists experiencing difficulties in developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, saying a lack of funding is a major factor in hindering the process.

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Unit of Belarus nuclear plant goes offline after safety system triggered

A unit of the new Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus was taken offline on Saturday during testing procedures after the generator protection system was triggered, the Belarus energy ministry said. 

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