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12 May 2021 Weekly Update


SA on high alert for 'Indian' variant

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the crisis confronting India could happen anywhere in the world, and recent developments have brought home how close to reality that could be for SA, notes Legalbrief. Two ships in quarantine at ... Read More

Gauteng predicted to be worst-hit in third wave

Gauteng’s third wave could be more severe than the second surge, according to the worst-case scenarios modelled by a consortium of experts co-ordinated by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports BusinessLIVE. The SA Covid-19 Modelling Consortium provides regular ... Read More

Excess deaths climbed to 150 000 in past year

Over the past year, approximately 150 000 more people have died than if we had not had a Covid-19 epidemic, according to Medical Research Council data. GroundUp reports that it’s unclear how many of those deaths are directly due to ... Read More


Smart' debt relief key to Africa's pandemic recovery

Smart debt relief should be viewed as the first step in a much larger support package for Africa, for its children, and its economic and development potential as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Matthew Cummins, social policy ... Read More


Pandemic jobs slash

Pandemic jobs slashOne in two people worldwide saw their earnings drop due to the pandemic, with people in low-income countries particularly hard hit by job losses or cuts to their working hours, research showed. US-based polling company Gallup, which surveyed ... Read More

Covid nails a new symptom

'Covid' nails a new symptomUnexpected grooves on your fingernails have been discovered to be the latest sign you may have had Covid. Professor Tim Spector, principal investigator of the Zoe Covid Symptom Study app tweeted that 'Covid nails are increasingly ... Read More



'There is no way, even if we give access to the technology and we told people "here is the recipe"; there is no way we could train these people to manufacture the vaccine because our engineers are flat out working ... Read More

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