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05 July 2020

Gauteng Covid-19 SOS: province pleads for hard lockdown regulations to curb surge

Sunday Times 05 July 2020 - Covid-hit province will try to persuade cabinet that tough new curbs will help

The Gauteng government wants the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to allow it to reintroduce hard lockdown regulations in an attempt to curb soaring Covid-19 numbers in the province. If approved, the move could see SA's economic powerhouse being shut down for up to two weeks at a time.

SANDF medics to help as Eastern Cape struggles to cope with Covid-19 surge

Sunday Times 05 July 2020 - With daily infections in the Eastern Cape reaching an average of 1,000 this week, premier Oscar Mabuyane has admitted the health department is struggling to cope.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed it will be bringing in medical personnel to assist and the provincial health department said they would be stationed at the Rev Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni Field Hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay.

DA says shortages of critical medication in Free State is 'culpable homicide'

Sunday Independent 05 July 2020 - the lack of life-sustaining medication is placing people with comorbidities at a higher risk of dying of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Free State

Health MEC Montseng Tsiu had confirmed the shortages and said they were due to companies not being able to deliver or delaying the delivering of medication..

Gauteng may return to levels 4 and 5 if Covid-19 figures keep rising

The Star 02 July 2020 - Gauteng residents may have to return to lockdown levels 4 and 5 if the province's Covid-19 figures keep rising at the rate they are.

Premier David Makhura said the situation in Gauteng with regards to Covid-19 needed extraordinary interventions. That, he said, may be to ask that Gauteng be returned to a strict lockdown.

'Gauteng health facilities have reached maximum bed capacity' - department

News24 02 July 2020 - As Covid-19 cases have started to spike in Gauteng, all government hospitals in the province have reached maximum bed capacity.

The reasons for maximum capacity being reached included the number of maternity cases, neonatal ICU cases, mental health (substance abuse) cases, trauma cases (alcohol) and Covid-19 cases.

It’s not only Covid-19 that is killing people in India’s Ahmedabad

Business Day 02 July 2020 - India has the world’s fourth-biggest outbreak of the Covid-19 disease caused by the virus, with over 600,000 confirmed cases and 17,800 deaths

A large Indian city badly hit by the coronavirus has recorded a sharp rise in deaths not attributed to the outbreak, according to official data and burial records, highlighting how the pandemic has affected general healthcare.

Encouraging Covid-19 vaccine trials help markets

Business Day 02 July 2020 - Despite the ongoing rise in global virus cases, Asian equity markets saw their biggest daily rise in over two weeks overnight

World stocks rose for a fourth straight day on Thursday as encouraging coronavirus vaccine trials kept investors’ spirits up.

Cipla to bring Covid-19 treatment remdesivir to SA

Business Day 02 July 2020 - The manufacturer plans to sell the drug at around R5,600 for a five-day course

Remdesivir has not yet been registered by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), so it will have to be imported using a section 21 exemption to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, Miller said.

Gold slips after vaccine news knocks safe-haven demand

Business Day 02 July 2020 - Gold edged lower on Thursday, easing from a near eight-year peak hit in the last session.

As solid US manufacturing data and promising results from a Covid-19 vaccine trial revived hopes for a quick economic recovery, denting demand for safe havens.

Row over CMS suspension of black medical schemes’ merger

Medical Brief 01 July 2020 - The Council of Medical Schemes (CMS) has stepped in to halt the proposed merger of black-owned Sizwe Medical Aid and Hosmed Medical Scheme

On 8 June the Council’s registrar, Sipho Kabane, wrote to the two schemes ordering them to suspend their amalgamation processes, saying he had been presented with the report of an inquiry by the council’s compliance and investigations unit.

Med scheme support sought for distressed private practitioners

Medical Brief 01 July 2020 - COVID-19 has slashed patient numbers, leaving many private doctors in financial distress and worsening patient health outcomes

While private health offers to help the state have “elicited little traction” a novel plan for medical scheme emergency funding for private practices could be the solution, says advocacy group PHF.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Beware instant armchair opinions on SA’s official coronavirus figures

Business Day 01 July 2020 - Conclusions on social media are often misleading and superficial, public health researchers warn

SA’s coronavirus numbers don’t lie, but they don’t tell the full story either.

Covid-19 deaths may be twice as high as official toll

Business Day 01 July 2020 - Covid-19 deaths may be twice as high as official toll

The government’s official coronavirus figures could be missing more than half the deaths caused by the pandemic, a new report from the Medical Research Council (MRC) reveals.

Gauteng Health says it has no cash flow problems despite owing service providers R1.2bn

The Star 30 June 2020 - The Gauteng Health Department has stated that it does not have cash flow problems after admitting to owing service providers R1.209-billion.

The monies are owed to 823 companies that provided services to the department and were supposed to have been paid within 90 days.

WATCH: On the front-line of Covid-19

Business Day 26 June 2020 – Business Day TV’s Michael Avery talks to Dr Sandile Khubeka about the pandemic

SA passed the 115,000 infections mark this week, with nearly 60,000 recovered, but nearly 2,000 dead.

Publication date: 7/5/2020