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’Covid-19 models are not always 100% correct’

Johannesburg – South African Medical Association (SAMA) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee says the Covid-19 third wave is not likely to come this month as earlier projected. “Most probably next month or maybe July… it depends on behaviour mostly. Even the latest modelling has hesitated to give a time frame – it all comes down to […]

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Experts discourage South Africa from banning Indian travel, recommend quarantine measures for travellers

DURBAN – EXPERTS have said that instead of imposing a blanket ban on travellers from Covid-19-ravaged India, the South African government should consider quarantine measures and focus on its genomic surveillance of the coronavirus. Debate has raged about whether South Africa should impose a travel ban on India as that country battles the spread of […]

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Growing concerns about regulations ahead of the Easter weekend

Independent public health practitioner, Dr. Shakira Choonara, has cautioned against the imposition of the envisaged stricter lockdown, as we approach the Easter holidays, saying that it was not necessary because most places have since adapted adequately to ensuring implementation of prevention measures. We speak to Dr. Choonara about the concerns he raises and health sector […]

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Experts speak out against stricter Easter weekend lockdown

Johannesburg – A top award-winning independent public health practitioner, Dr. Shakira Choonara, has cautioned against the imposition of the envisaged stricter lockdown, as we approach the Easter holidays, saying that it was not necessary because most places have since adapted adequately to ensuring implementation of prevention measures. There have been rumours that President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

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Questions over ’slow’ pace of SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out

Durban – The alliance between the public and private sectors would be key to South Africa reaching Covid-19 vaccination targets. This was according to Dr Johannes Belle from the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre at the University of the Free State. He was commenting on the country’s vaccination roll-out plan. Responding to questions from […]

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Death rates double in poor areas

The funeral of a Covid-19 victim at the Motherwell Cemetery in Port Elizabeth. Experts say people living in poorer areas are at heightened risk of dying from Covid-19 due to several factors, including their relatively high burden of disease.Picture: Theo Jeptha Covid-19 is killing twice as many people in poor communities than elsewhere. Statistics from […]

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Local public health practitioner discusses her thoughts on government’s handling of Covid-19

PARKWOOD – Most concerning, according to Dr Choonara, is Sassa running out of money for temporary disability grants. Parkwood resident Dr Shakira Choonara believes that while the South African government has led a strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she is less confident in their ability to implement a smooth and equitable rollout of Covid-19 […]

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