covid 19

Concern that increasing COVID-19 infections in young people could lead to fully-blown fifth wave

Written by on 9 May 2022

Health worker at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site. The increasing COVID-19 infection rate among young people could lead South Africa into a fully-blown fifth wave. That is according to Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia, the Chief Executive Officer of Higher Health, an organisation that safeguards the health of students and youth. Following the Easter holidays, the country […]

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Written by on 21 January 2022

They’re taking legal action on the university’s policy which compels students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.   Solidarity has launched a court case against the University of the Free State on its vaccination policy. They’re taking legal action on the university’s policy which compels students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Solidarity’s […]

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Average number of daily cases over 20 000 in SA’s fourth COVID-19 wave: Phaahla

Written by on 17 December 2021

A medical worker takes a sample for COVID-19 during a community testing. Health Minister, Joe Phaahla says South Africa is in the fourth wave of the coronavirus with all provinces recording infections. Briefing the media on Friday morning, Phaahla says the recovery rate from the variant is still high. “The positivity rate has also risen […]

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Vaccines must become mandatory in some sectors: Karrim

Written by on 15 September 2021

Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has suggested that vaccines become mandatory in some sectors, such as healthcare, saying those in the industry who choose not to vaccinate should be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test. Several countries across the globe already have the requirement in place for some sectors. Karim says this […]

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Gauteng sees decline in new COVID-19 cases

Written by on 23 July 2021

While local health authorities are continuing to record thousands of new daily COVID-19 infections there is finally some good news. Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane confirmed on Friday that the country has passed the peak of its third COVID-19 wave. “We have also seen a significant drop in numbers in Gauteng, which has been the epicentre of the […]

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There is no social distancing in our cells’ – inmates welcome govt’s Covid-19 vaccination drive

Written by on 21 July 2021

Prisoners at the Johannesburg Prison have pleaded with society to understand that they are also human and are entitled to Covid-19 vaccines. Inmates expressed excitement after receiving their Johnson & Johnson jab. The Department of Correctional Services is aiming to vaccinate more than 800 inmates per day to reach its 10 August deadline. About 2 […]

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Booster may be needed for J&J shot as Delta variant spreads, some experts already taking them

Written by on 26 June 2021

The debate centers on concerns over how protective the J&J shot is against the Delta variant first detected in India and now circulating widely in many countries. Infectious disease experts are weighing the need for booster shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna mRNA-based vaccines for Americans who received Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine due to […]

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