COVID-19: Government interventions have mixed reception in communities

COVID-19: Government interventions have mixed reception in communities

Eight days ago President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster. Spotlight looks back at the last week and listens to what community groups, farm workers, taxi operators and others have to say about COVID-19 and the various measures to prevent or slow its spread.

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COVID-19: Not just another number – Ubuntu in a time of war

COVID-19: Not just another number – Ubuntu in a time of war

We are a world and a nation at war and if we don’t respond accordingly, we will suffer serious casualties – infrastructure, jobs, economic growth, food security, social cohesion and life itself, writes a team of public health doctors as they call on all South Africans to join them as they pledge to put the ‘(YO)U back into UBUNTU’.

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COVID-19: Social distancing includes reducing contact with health facilities for those with chronic conditions

COVID-19: Social distancing includes reducing contact with health facilities for those with chronic conditions

People living with HIV and other chronic conditions should be urgently supported to reduce contact with health facilities both for “social distancing” purposes as well as saving healthcare worker capacity for those with the greatest immediate need, argues Lynne Wilkinson and Anna Grimsrud.

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IN DEPTH: What does a COVID-19 National State of Disaster mean for rights?

IN DEPTH: What does a COVID-19 National State of Disaster mean for rights?

A heavy onus rests on our leaders to see us through the COVID-19 pandemic, yet this pandemic also calls on all of us to be active participants during this state of disaster and beyond. This includes making sure that constitutional rights are not disproportionately eroded in the process, writes Ektaa Deochand and Mbalenhle Baduza.

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