We cannot work where we may be killed for helping society, say doctors

The Health Professions Council of SA says the case has criminalised the medical profession and many doctors fear working in such conditions

SA joins measles vaccine trial in Covid-19 fight

Scientists investigate whether proven vaccines against measles, polio and tuberculosis might provide a stopgap measure

SA’s waning Covid-19 epidemic puzzles experts

Researchers have no easy answer for why country was spared hospitals being overwhelmed as in Italy and US

SA likely to move to lockdown level 1 very soon

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address SA this week on the easing of the lockdown, as the national state of disaster has been extended to October 15

Chronically ill will bear brunt of diversion of resources due to Covid-19

‘A lot of familiar faces aren’t there anymore … You assume that a lot of these people died at home because they never made it to a hospital,’ one doctor says

Discovery joins Trinity Challenge to counter future pandemics

College aims to enable participants to share data and analytics to improve identification, response and recovery

Lockdown could end up saving 16,000 lives

Discovery model projects end-of-year death toll could have been 25% higher without action

Actuarial Society of SA slashes Covid-19 death estimates

The earlier version of Assa’s model had produced a limited range of scenarios, and many focused on the higher death estimate of 80,000

Covid-19 research hints at good news in herd immunity debate

The data is likely to spark discussion about whether some regions have enough people with immunity for the virus to no longer easily spread

Sharp rise in non-natural deaths after move to level 2 and resumption of booze sales

More research is needed to establish the precise role of alcohol in the uptick, says report co-author

Parliament battles to process NHI Bill submissions, months after deadline

On Tuesday, MPs debated the extent to which an external service provider should get involved

Competition Commission probing price of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir

Activists and researchers complain about the charge for treatment imported from the US

Trial of potential Covid-19 treatment begins in SA

Scientists will determine if the anti-diarrhoea drug nitazoxanide improves outcomes in high-risk patients

Health minister publishes tranche of Covid-19 advisories

Some advisors say the move is long overdue and the public should have had sight of them from the start

Labour court declares planned strike at state lab unlawful

NHLS  says it has contingency plans in place should Nehawu’s strike go ahead at labs, which conduct Covid-19, HIV and tuberculosis tests

Regulator authorises Covid-19 antibody tests

Private laboratories are likely to begin offering the tests this week


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