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Asked and answered: Six things you need to know about the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

In December 2020, scientists announced that a new variant of the Covid-19 — called 501Y.V2 — had been identified in South Africa. Here’s a look at what we’ve learnt in the past month about the new variant that is driving the country’s second wave of infections

Virus spreads like fire in the Cape

The Western province, which has 65% of all positive Covid-19 cases, is preparing additional health facilities for a July peak

‘Small fires’ drive rise in Covid cases

Lockdown easing will happen and so will the increase in positive cases. This balancing act will require rapid returns to stringent measures to protect thousands of lives

Covid-19: Why buying time was vital

100 000 tests. 600 000 people screened. And an increase in daily tests to 30 000 — inside what the state is doing with the time the lockdown bought

Lockdown buys time but Covid-19 is still deadly

The disease has a unique trajectory in South Africa, thanks to the rapid move to declare a national disaster and institute a lockdown. But this has only bought time to prepare for the worst

SA moves to “higher gear” after “explosive” increase in Covid-19

We have to ensure our health system is not completely overrun, warns health minister

Listeria: Follow SA’s medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against time.

SA's listeria epidemic is over. Take a look at the detectives who traced the epidemic's source in this feature from our archives.

Have provinces really paid outstanding billions to laboratory services?

The national health department says provinces have paid up but the head of lab services denies this.

Who will pay the price for the latest national laboratory strike?

The second industrial action in as many years is likely to stretch into its second week.

National laboratory workers strike after negotiations stall, provinces fail to pay

The nationwide industrial action is expected to last at least until Friday and could affect patients living with conditions such as cancer and HIV.

Unions, laboratory services to hold last-minute negotiations ahead of strike

Unions say they will not accept anything less than 7.3% wage increases.

Crisis in laboratory threatens the nation’s health

Poor patients will be the biggest casualty if the National Health Laboratory Service collapses.

NHLS won’t suspend services to Gauteng, says department

The Gauteng health department says the National Health Laboratory Service will not suspend its services to it despite money being owed.

Digital data gives clinic the edge

New management system and text alerts vastly improve services for HIV/Aids patients.

Developing new strategies to fight HIV/Aids

South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world.

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Judicial committee orders Mogoeng to apologise for SA-Israel remarks

The JCC said that by the chief justice straying into politics, he breached the judicial conduct code and ordered him to issue an apology and retraction

‘Doctors’ wives’ jump Covid queue

Private doctors and civilians have been exploiting gaps in the public health system to get vaccinated

Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

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