Gauteng health acknowledges that some facilities are not used optimally amid COVID surge

21 June 2021, 10:00 AM
The Gauteng government has acknowledged that some of the province's health facilities are not properly utilised to cope with the surge in COVID-19 hospitalisations.
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National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) Executive Director, Professor Adrian Puren, says they are concerned about the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in  South Africa.

Amazon starts testing UK staff for coronavirus variants 3 June 2021, 12:18 AM

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SA reports highest number of new coronavirus infections in more than four months 2 June 2021, 11:32 PM

South Africa has reported the highest number of new coronavirus infections in more than four months indicating that the country is officially entering the third wave.

Egypt aims to vaccinate 40% of population by end of 2021: PM 2 June 2021, 5:47 PM

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Elderly in rural KZN eagerly awaiting COVID-19 vaccination 2 June 2021, 3:03 PM

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Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it had found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked to their vaccination.

Britain seeks extra AstraZeneca shots to combat ‘beta’ COVID-19 variant 2 June 2021, 3:12 AM

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SA administers more than a million COVID-19 vaccines 1 June 2021, 10:45 PM

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Professor Koleka Mlisana co-chair of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee says the possible countrywide threat of a third wave of the coronavirus can be avoided if people adhere to the regulations.

North West health dept embarks on outreach programme to register the elderly for vaccination 31 May 2021, 6:16 AM

The North West Health Department says it has embarked on an outreach programme to register as many elderly people as possible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

India says will have 120 million vaccine doses for local use in June 31 May 2021, 2:00 AM

India will have nearly 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines available for domestic use in June, the government said on Sunday.

SA moves to adjusted lockdown level 2 from Monday 30 May 2021, 7:36 PM

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Northern Cape schools recorded 264 COVID-19 cases in the past week 30 May 2021, 2:01 PM

Northern Cape schools have recorded 264 positive COVID-19 cases in the past week. Departmental spokesperson, Geoffrey van der Merwe, says the infections have had a severe impact on teaching and learning in all districts of the province.

Foot and mouth disease detected in KZN cattle, restrictions imposed 30 May 2021, 12:30 PM

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SA government confirms 1 659 070 COVID-19 cases 30 May 2021, 12:01 AM

The South African Health Department says as of Saturday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa at 1 659 070, with 4 515 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.

Limpopo to open new COVID-19 vaccination sites in rural areas 29 May 2021, 2:05 PM

The Limpopo Health Department plans to administer COVID-19 vaccines at community halls, churches, schools, and other easy-to-access public venues in and around villages across the province.

UK wants more G7 progress on climate finance, eyes tax reform 28 May 2021, 9:39 PM

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