By 16 June there were 1 622 COVID-19 infections and 12 deaths recorded in correctional facilities across the country. While some inmates are considered for a special parole to reduce the transmission risk in correctional facilities, over 272 000 arrests for lockdown-related offences were made, triggering a further set of transmission concerns. Elri Voigt reports.
Two large studies reported last week found no evidence that the drug hydroxychloroquine was effective for either the treatment or the prevention of COVID-19. Even so, the World Health Organisation and some South African researchers are not yet giving up on the drug. Adele Baleta reports.
This is issue 6 of COVID-19 Report. We point you to the latest quality science on the pandemic. Are schools safe? Hydroxychloroquine does not prevent COVID-19 and much more can be found in this issue.
Nobude Ngqola is 82 years old and lives in a leaking shack with her eight children. She has been terrified to leave her shack ever since she heard about COVID-19. Siyabonga Kamnqa visited her to talk about life under lockdown, her COVID-19 fears as an older person and her hopes that a house will improve her situation.
Many types of surgery are being delayed in South African hospitals. HIV and TB testing rates are down. Kathryn Cleary investigates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on ‘normal’ healthcare in South Africa.
A residential facility for older persons in the Western Cape this week recorded a COVID-19 related death, while a number of new infections were reported at another facility in the province. Elri Voigt asks whether everything is in place to protect our older persons from the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.
On the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast community members and organisations are working together to prepare and protect against COVID-19. Spotlight spoke with people from four different villages to learn more.
Regulations have been published setting out how things will work under South Africa’s 21-day COVID-19 lockdown. Here we answer some of the top questions on what people in the country may or may not do in this time.
While many recovering addicts are scared of catching the COVID-19 virus, many are also frightened of how they’ll cope without AA and NA meetings as more and more of these meetings are being cancelled.
There are now 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa with most people in their 30s, the oldest being 57. With the global spread of the virus researchers, who inform medical and public health strategies, are working to find out who is most at risk of infection, severe illness and death.
Abandoned children from government hospitals are finding a new home in a far-flung corner of rural KwaZulu-Natal, as one foster family is giving hope to children in need of end-of-life care.