Covid-19: In Depth Interview with Prof Lynn Morris, interim head of the NICD

Professor Lynn Morris interim director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has a lifetime of experience fighting viruses. She has encountered HIV, Ebola, TB, Listeria, Klebsiella, a multitude of ‘lesser’ pathogens and now COVID-19. However, she thinks that COVID-19, the name given for the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, presents one of the greatest challenges yet to both South Africa and the world.

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Covid-19: Timeline of a virus

Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, many countries scaled up efforts to contain the virus. By March 18 the global number of cases reportedly surpassed the 200 000 mark. Here are some highlights in developments since the outbreak in Wuhan, China.

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Moment of truth for global TB response

On Thursday 16 November 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin told a hall full of health ministers in Moscow that TB is a “serious problem”, and said, “I am confident that the only way we can stand up against this truly global threat is if we join forces.” Did President Putin really mean what he said?

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