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Medical oxygen suppliers see spike in demand

According to data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the past two weeks have seen more than 650 patients having to be put on ventilators

No proof of Covid-19 reinfection, yet

Some people report testing positive for Covid-19 after initially having the disease and then testing negative. Scientists are still trying to understand if this means that reinfection is possible

Looking after the Covid-19 dead to protect the living

South Africa has largely escaped the fate of several European countries and the United States, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare, just in case

The Covid-19 burial problem for South Africa

The government’s plan to deal with the pandemic and its aftermath includes managing ‘the challenges of bereavement’ that will accompany large-scale deaths

Filling the gaps in our Covid-19 data

With questions about government’s Covid-19 data, researchers have started collating the information from different sources, including more details and is putting it on a dashboard to make it easier for the public to get the results

Covid-19 hits prison system

A warder at a correctional facility has tested positive for Covid-19, sparking concerns about the effects of the pandemic on the whole system

Odd drop in how Covid-19 numbers grow

As the country hunkers down for a second week of lockdown, how reliable is the data available and will it enable a sound decision for whether South Africans can leave their homes on April 16?

Can you pause a pandemic? Inside the race to stop spread of Covid-19

Tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus disease is a delicate dance. Here’s why these health workers wait for the cover of darkness to take action

Covid-19: Durban old age homes on lockdown

Visits cancelled to residential centres as The Association for the Aged braces for the virus

Who qualifies for Covid-19 testing?

Not everyone can get tested for the coronavirus. There are structures in place guiding health practitioners when it comes to screening patients for testing

What you need to know about Covid-19 to protect yourself

The Mail & Guardian asked the experts for more information about Covid-19 — and how best to take care of yourself and your loved ones

Timeline: Ramping up coronavirus testing

South Africa’s Covid-19 testing team has ramped tests up, with 3 500 conducted on Sunday alone

‘Protect your workers’ against coronavirus

The labour department has called on employers to implement measures to minimise threat of Covid-19 to South Africa’s workforce

Ramaphosa closes schools as country grapples with coronavirus

Following several other countries, South Africa will send learners home this week

Our guide to the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa

The department of health noted in its statement on March 19 that recoveries in previously reported cases were beginning to emerge. (John McCann/M&G)

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