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29 September 2020 Weekly Update

NEWS DIGEST


Curfew to avoid drinking 'chaos', says Dlamini-Zuma

The continued curfew, extended during level one from midnight to 4am, was necessary to limit the time people spend at drinking establishments, says Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. According the Daily Maverick, the Minister said: ‘ … we ... Read More

Tourism industry warns against further restrictions

Further travel restrictions and bans will derail any recovery in the tourism sector, key players warned yesterday. The government has already indicated that travel within Africa will be open from 1 October, however, the approach to countries that are deemed ... Read More

FROM THE EXPERTS


Herd immunity strategy 'reckless and ineffective'

Relying on herd immunity as a strategy to end the pandemic is reckless and ineffective, says William Haseltine, chair and president of the global health think tank, ACCESS Health International. Writing on the CNN site, Haseltine says the strategy would ... Read More

Reining in the liquor industry

Covid-19 has shaken the 'cosy deal' between government and the alcohol industry, offering policy-makers a national 'moment of clarity' during the harsher lockdowns. In a New Frame analysis, Charles Parry, director of the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Alcohol ... Read More

Time for a rethink of urban planning

A silver lining to the pandemic may be a rethink of urban planning to better manage future outbreaks. In a report on The Conversation site, Patrick Brandful Cobbinah, University of Melbourne; Ellis Adjei Adams, assistant professor, University of Notre Dame ... Read More

IN NUMBERS


W Cape cases drop to fewer than 2 500

* less than 2 500: the number of active cases in the Western Cape, once the epicentre of SA's pandemic. At the beginning of July, there were more than 17 600 active cases and nearly 1 900 people in hospital ... Read More

SIDE-BAR


Single-shot vaccine trial starts

Single-shot vaccine trial startsA 60 000 single-shot vaccine trial by Johnson & Johnson kicked off today, TimesLIVE reports. The company expects results of the phase three trial by year end or early next year, Dr Paul Stoffels, J&J's chief ... Read More

Students suspended

Students suspendedNorth West University has temporarily suspended 22 learners for breaking Covid-19 regulations. University spokesperson Louis Jacobs says compliance officers stationed at campuses acted on reports of students not abiding by national regulations. The suspended students are now facing disciplinary ... Read More

US losing 800 lives a day

US losing 800 lives a dayThe death toll from Covid-19 in the US was nearing 200 000 by yesterday, accounting for more than one in five deaths globally, putting US President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic in the spotlight ... Read More

QUOTES


Quotes

'You'll develop — you'll develop herd — like a herd mentality. It's going to be — it's going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen. That will all happen.' US President Donald Trump'The ... Read More