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Clicks online store sales explode

23 Oct 2020
Clicks reported that the company’s online growth platform had become their largest and fastest-growing store. Clicks invested in e-commerce and its digital platform over the past four years and was reaping the benefits of this, reported Business Report (23 October 2020). 
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Survey highlights SA’s growing coronavirus fatigue

23 Oct 2020
According to the latest survey by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) 46% of the respondents believed they are unlikely to get COVID-19 in the months ahead; 41% thought the threat of the coronavirus is exaggerated; and 23% had been to a funeral or religious service with more than 50 people before the government eased restrictions on social gatherings.
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SA does not have money to keep state clinics open 24 hours a day

23 Oct 2020
“Financial pressure on the country’s fiscus, staff shortages and security concerns are just some of the reasons the National Department of Health gave as to why most state clinics and primary healthcare facilities cannot operate 24 hours a day,” reported News24 (22 October 2020).
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Alarm at Covid-19 flare-up in Cape Town

23 Oct 2020
By 22 October, SA has recorded more than 706 000 cases of COVID-19, and slightly more than 18 650 deaths since the first case was confirmed in early March.
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Clinic start-up aims to tackle deadly diseases and bridge the socio-economic gap

19 Oct 2020
 A nurse-led private clinic, based on a distinct digital platform, aims to tackle chronic diseases and bridge the SA healthcare sector’s socioeconomic gap, reported Daily Maverick (17 October 2020) Alma Clinics, founded by entrepreneur Sibongile ManganyiRath and data/IT specialist Marcello Di Maulo, focuses on empowering patients and nurses through preventative medicine that uses technology to improve efficiencies and remove human error. A user-friendly two-sided app, Abeocare, acts as the clinical support platform upon which the clinic functions.
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Senior staff vacuum hits health

19 Oct 2020
The Star reported on October 19, that the Gauteng Health Department has a bill of over R3-m from April to September in acting allowances to officials after senior managers have been suspended regarding alleged corruption related to the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).
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Support for call to scrap global Covid-19 medicine patents

19 Oct 2020
A group of more than 40 SA academics, researchers and teachers have joined the international support for the South African and Indian governments’ proposal that global intellectual property rights should not apply to Covid-19 medicines.
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Zweli Mkhize tests positive for Covid-19

19 Oct 2020

 

On October 18, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed that he and his wife have contracted Covid-19. Mkhize said he has notified the people he had been in contact with in the past few days, which included family members and some staff in the Health Ministry.

 


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Mediclinic reports Covid-19 profit hit

16 Oct 2020
Private hospital group Mediclinic has recovered slightly after its first half profits for 2020 have fallen by about a third, due to COVID-19, reported Business Day (16 October 2020)
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Africa launches R1,6bn genomics initiative to help fight Covid-19

16 Oct 2020
On October 12, the African Union (AU) announced the launch of the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative, a $100-m four-year programme supported by international partners, which will produce data for a “precision public health response” to the pandemic, reported Times Daily (16 October 2020). 
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Mkhize vows post-Covid healthcare drive

16 Oct 2020
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize HIV testing dropped by 46% while countrywide screening for TB fell 9% for adults and 14%for children as fearful people stayed away from hospitals and clinics. At a the Rotary Family Health Day webinar Mkhize again confirmed that SA would move forward on the implementation of National Health Insurance.
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Hospitals play catch-up after six-month backlog in elective surgeries

13 Oct 2020
Many SA surgeons are facing a six-month backlog due to COVID-19 infections. According to orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Mark Human, who sits on the national board of the SA Medical Association, about a third of the procedures had not been done after elective surgery was put on hold. Senior surgeons were hit hardest when specialised operations were put on the backburner, reported TimesLIVE (12 October 2020)
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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