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We should not go back to business as usual after COVID-19: Commonwealth Secretary-General

8 April 2020, 12:47 PM

COVID-19 has touched every nook and cranny of our globe. Big and small, developed and developing have seen their economies grind to a halt; businesses buckling under the strain of lockdowns; toilet paper, hand sanitiser and pasta becoming rare and precious items; schools closing and major sporting events being cancelled. And, of course, it has exposed serious gaps in health services and systems.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to curb spread of COVID-19

8 April 2020, 12:25 PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the country to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, his office said on Twitter.

UK PM Johnson stable after second night in intensive care battling COVID-19

8 April 2020, 10:45 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care and was in a stable condition after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications while his foreign minister directs the country’s battle against the outbreak

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Vavi discharged from hospital after COVID-19 treatment

8 April 2020, 7:24 AM

SAFTU General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will test for coronavirus on Monday again after being treated for the virus and discharged from hospital.

Authorities consider closing parts of St Augustine’s Hospital amid high COVID-19 infection rate

8 April 2020, 6:34 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is worried about St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban after 66 people, including at least 48 staffers, tested positive for the coronavirus. The St Augustine’s Hospital has been identified as a hotspot for coronavirus infections in KwaZulu-Natal.

Political parties doing their bid in fight against COVID-19

7 April 2020, 10:42 PM

Political parties continue to play their role in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Technology seems to be vital in the execution of this task as many are using this tool to communicate, educate and encourage their followers to adhere to the lockdown regulations.

66 people test positive for COVID-19 at St Augustine Hospital

7 April 2020, 9:01 PM

66 people have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at St Augustine Hospital in Durban. According to a twitter post by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, 48 of them are staff.

COVID-19 IN NUMBERS

7 April 2020, 7:27 PM

This week, we look at the coronavirus (COVID-19) in numbers. The number of people who have been affected by the virus,  global lockdown statistics and transport regulations. South Africa currently stands at 1 749 confirmed cases with 13 deaths on Tuesday – the continent’s highest number.

Taxi operators appeal to government for on site COVID-19 screening, protective gear

7 April 2020, 2:16 PM

Taxi operators in Mahikeng in the North West have appealed to government to deploy health workers at taxi ranks to screen commuters for coronavirus.

Collectively, more than R60 billion is held in the reserve funds, which could be released for the treatment of South African Covid-19 patients.

Medical schemes urged to release funds in emergency reserves to fight COVID-19

7 April 2020, 11:52 AM

Financial services company, KHUSA Consulting, has called for the release of billions of rands from medical aid schemes’ emergency reserves – to help treat people infected with Covid-19 across South Africa.

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