Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Mozambique succumbs to COVID-19

“Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Mozambique, retired Maj-Gen Douglas Nyikayaramba, has died of COVID-19 complications. Nyikayaramba, 64, was on leave when he died in Harare, becoming the fourth military general to lead the 2017 putsch against the late Robert Mugabe to succumb to the virus.”

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34,000 health workers register for COVID-19 vaccines on first day

“The electronic vaccine data system self-registration portal is up and running with more than 34,000 health-care workers already registering for the vaccine, the national department of health said on Wednesday.”

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Sixty-one staff contract COVID-19 at two hospitals in Durban

“Sixty-one staff including doctors, nurses and clerks have tested positive for COVID-19 at two hospitals in Durban in the past two weeks. The hospitals have not been shut down and are ‘accepting walk-in patients.”

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Nurses have seen the worst—please protect yourself from the coronavirus’

“A nurse at a Pretoria hospital said after being in the war against COVID-19 for almost a year, she shivers when she thinks of a possible resurgence of the coronavirus. The appeal from nurses comes as the South African government meets to discuss ways to handle rising COVID-19 infections.”

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COVID-19: ‘We are going to be very strict,’ Motsoaledi warns Zimbabwean travellers

“Many Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa travel back home at the end of the year to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with their families. However, for many, the cost of the COVID-19 tests necessary to cross the border will make the annual return home unaffordable.”

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G20 lays out wider COVID-19 debt relief

“G20 finance ministers have agreed for the first time on a new joint framework for restructuring government debt, anticipating that the coronavirus pandemic will leave some poor countries in need of deep relief.”

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COVID-19 leaves permanent scar on South African employment

“Commenting on the latest official unemployment figures this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was encouraged that 600,000 more people became employed between the second and third quarters. However, just 37 out of every 100 South Africans of working age are employed.”

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A third of South African doctors have suffered verbal or physical abuse during COVID-19 pandemic

“Health-care professionals in South Africa already faced myriad daily challenges before COVID-19. The pandemic has worsened these challenges. Already burdened health resources are being stretched further, doctors are worried for the safety of their patients and their own families, and are now facing compounding threats of abuse from the very people they care for.”

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The easing of lockdowns sees COVID-19 cases rising in Africa again

“COVID-19 infections are rising again overall in Africa, after dropping and stabilising from July until September. Africa CDC director warns against complacency after the continent had done ‘extremely well’ in the fight against the virus.”

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Mkhize hails plans to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccine locally

“Health minister Zweli Mkhize has praised Aspen Pharmacare’s plans to partner with Johnson & Johnson to manufacture, package and distribute a candidate Covid-19 vaccine locally, once it was successfully registered in the country.”

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