First AstraZeneca-vaccines arrive in South Africa

“The first shipment of one million COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India has arrived on South African soil. After a celebrated send-off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday, the much-anticipated cargo was welcomed by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the OR Tambo International Airport.”

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Can you get reinfected with COVID-19? South Africa has ‘4,000 potential reinfections’

“We had more than 4,000 potential reinfections. We don’t know who actually gets reinfections, what drives reinfections, and we are trying to understand why we are getting reinfections. Might it be because of the new variant or not?”

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Home Affairs to slash services in wake of COVID-19 as death registrations spiral (South Africa)

“The large spike in death registrations, including the death of seven home affairs front-office workers in the first 10 days of this year alone, has forced the department to slash the number of services it offers at its branches countrywide.”

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Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021

“African debt will become a greater global concern in 2021 as many African states remain the world’s poorest and most fragile and have been hard hit by the economic and financial costs imposed by the pandemic.”

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Concern mounts for Eastern Cape health workers

“As active COVID-19 cases keep rising in the Eastern Cape, unions are also deeply concerned with the growing number of infections among frontline workers.”

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Put human rights at the centre of our battle against COVID-19

“COVID-19 has exacerbated human rights violations related to health, including stigma, discrimination, gender-based violence and police brutality. In some countries, vulnerable groups have been turned into scapegoats for the new pandemic.”

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It’s time to fight COVID-19 fatigue in Africa

“With COVID-19 fatigue growing amid a global surge of COVID-19 cases, it is a perfect time to renew public communications, build on the swell of supportive messages from politicians, celebrities and other people and also to correct misinformation that has crept into social media conversations.”

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Excess deaths rise, starting in COVID-19 hotspot Eastern Cape

“We are now seeing an increase in deaths again — most noticeably in Eastern Cape, which is the first province to experience a significant resurgence in infections. This is extremely worrying.”

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Corruption forces health shake-up in Gauteng

“The involvement of senior officials in irregularities in the procurement of goods and services related to the government’s response to COVID-19 has severely weakened the management structure of the health department.”

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COVID-19 stems ‘white’ gold rush

“With little indication of when the COVID-19 crisis will subside, investment in abalone farming may cool — a prospect that will threaten attempts to tip the scales in favour of the legal trade and, by extension, save the endangered sea snail from extinction.”

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