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18 June 2021 Weekly Update


Rush to make up for setback

The setback to SA's vaccination programme, already very far-off from its herd immunity target of 40m people, could not have come at a worse time. Legalbrief reports that Gauteng is reeling under soaring infection rates and hospital ICU beds ... Read More

New restrictions less severe than expected

President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved the country to lockdown level three, marginally tightening restrictions imposed during level two and stopping short of banning alcohol sales despite strong calls from experts for tough measures during the third wave. BusinessLIVE reports that ... Read More

Almost 50% jump in daily deaths

Hospital admissions due to Covid-19 over the past 14 days were 59% higher than the preceding 14 days, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his address to the nation, according to a Daily Maverick report. 'The average number of people who ... Read More


Rich nations' shift in vaccine stance not enough

Wealthy nations are slowly beginning to share vaccines and offer funding for poorer countries to purchase doses, but while this move has been welcomed, significantly more needs to be done to ensure an equitable distribution. Sharing vaccine doses with Africa ... Read More

How many more variants will there be?

As variants of the coronavirus cause havoc across the world, scientists say we are still a long way off from the virus petering off. A BBC News report says the cleanest way of comparing the pure biological spreading power of ... Read More

Despite supply constraints, SA can pick up pace

Despite the setback with the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, SA still has considerable vaccine stock, and the number of vaccine doses administered still lags far behind the number of vaccines received and promised by Pfizer. The roll-out, say UCT's ... Read More


Bus trip tourists die

Covid claims bus trip touristsSix elderly tourists died from after 37 out of 40 travellers on a bus trip in Namibia tested positive for the coronavirus. The party left SA on 10 May and every tourist had to present a ... Read More

Gauteng schools

Spike in infections at Gauteng schools About 20 schools in Gauteng have at some point had to close due to an increase in infections since February. The most recent school to be closed is King Edward VII school, after about 34 ... Read More



'Although it has encountered several setbacks, our mass vaccination programme is gaining momentum and we are finally on the path to controlling the disease. But although we have reason to hope, we still have a mountain to climb.'President Cyril ... Read More

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