‘We’re holding COVID-19 tests for hospital patients’

“It’s not because we don’t have the money or anything. It’s just that the whole world is trying to buy the same test kits we are trying to buy. Suppliers can only supply us a limited number.”

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‘There. Are. No. Beds.’ – Doctor tells terrifying truth of South Africa’s COVID-19 crisis

“We have probably by this week run out of capacity to treat people. And it makes you feel useless as a doctor to have to say that to someone. But there’s nothing else we can do.”

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Biggest ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, as South Africa total hits 111,796

“South Africa’s COVID-19 cases continued to climb at a rapid rate, with 5,688 cases reported in the past 24 hours. This is not only the biggest single-day increase in confirmed cases, but also the first time that more than 5,000 cases have been recorded in a single day.”

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With no community testing, could Life Esidimeni face even more deaths? (Eastern Cape)

“Despite a COVID-19 outbreak at the Life Esidimeni frail care and psychiatric facility in Kirkwood, in the Eastern Cape, no screening or testing has been done in the community where most of the caregivers live.”

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Cyril Ramaphosa told us he is under ‘great pressure’ to open the economy, say opposition leaders

“Two party leaders who were part of the virtual meeting with Ramaphosa on Wednesday said the president informed them of pressure from the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to open up the economy, with business leaders having apparently proposed that the country should move directly to level 2 as the economy was taking a huge beating.”

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Tech for Africa as continent bands together to tackle COVID-19

“African scientists, engineers and innovators have turned to home-grown solutions to prepare for the worst-case scenario.”

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Ramaphosa: We’re sorry – and we’ll do better

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has conceded that the government’s handling of some lockdown regulations has been shoddy, reassuring South Africans that he’ll make amends. Over the past 48 days of lockdown, the government has often had to haphazardly pen regulations, which have at times been poorly communicated and implemented by government and security forces.”

via Sunday Times