COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

The use of the BCG vaccine for an unproven indication is irresponsible and may deplete BCG stocks for young children, for whom it has been proven to be a lifesaving preventive tool against TB, argue a group of leading experts.

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COVID-19 Report: Understanding the most important science of the past week

COVID-19 Report: Understanding the most important science of the past week

Many journalists, including us, are finding the quantity of science reports on COVID-19 overwhelming. We introduce a new occasional column to help make sense of the information overload. The aim of this occasional column, which we’re calling COVID-19 Report, will be to alert reporters in South Africa (and anyone else who is interested) to the best and most important science, and also clear up misconceptions. 

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COVID-19: The legal and public health sides of forced isolation

COVID-19: The legal and public health sides of forced isolation

Two provinces have said they will force people with COVID-19 to isolate in state facilities irrespective of whether they can safely self-isolate at home. Kathryn Cleary investigates the legal and public health side of these decisions.

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COVID-19: Some homeless people choose streets over shelters

COVID-19: Some homeless people choose streets over shelters

As most people in South Africa prepare for another week in their homes under South Africa’s national COVID-19 lockdown, Amy Green spoke to some of Johannesburg’s many homeless persons about why they choose life on the street over government shelters.

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COVID-19: What the lockdown means for sexual and reproductive health services

COVID-19: What the lockdown means for sexual and reproductive health services

Access to reproductive healthcare services is almost always time sensitive and not something that can simply be placed on hold because of the COVID-19 lockdown. It remains as important as always to provide services that reinforce women’s rights to dignity, autonomy and to access healthcare services, including reproductive healthcare services, writes Thuthukile Mbatha and Tendai Mafuma.

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COVID-19: Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners

COVID-19: Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners

Despite measures implemented by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services to protect inmates since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are concerns among some civil society organisations and legal experts about the adequacy of these measures, writes Elri Voigt.

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COVID-19: Why is SA not testing more?

COVID-19: Why is SA not testing more?

Government has rolled out an intensified screening and testing campaign in the hope of finding more COVID-19 cases during and after the lockdown period, but the disparity between the country’s testing capacity and the actual number of tests being conducted remains substantial.

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