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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Gauteng says no need for hard lockdown as it reaches over 60,000 Covid-19 cases

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Gauteng says no need for hard lockdown as it reaches over 60,000 Covid-19 cases

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'Do your part': WWII film 'Greyhound' teaches virus lesson, says Hanks

July 7 2020 - 09:30

Panyaza Lesufi assures parents that no pupil will be deregistered if they don't return to school

Gauteng education MEC, Lesufi Panyaza, says pupils will not be deregistered if parents decide to keep them at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday, grade R, 6 and 11 pupils returned to school for the first time since schools closed in March.

Grade 7 and 12 pupils were the first to go back to school on June 8.Panyaza Lesufi assures parents that no pupil will be deregistered if...

July 7 2020 - 09:15

Teachers’ fears are real and they need a willing ear

The reopening of schools in SA is continuing apace amid the Covid-19 pandemic. With many teachers falling ill and some dying, support for them is crucial.

With schools steadily reopening to save what’s left of the academic year, teachers find themselves face to face with the Covid-19 pandemic that forced them to flee their classrooms in March.

At the time of publication, at least 1,000 teachers had been infected with the coronavirus and the number was rising daily in a battle they never imagined having to fight.Teachers’ fears are real and they need a willing ear

July 7 2020 - 09:11

Parents fear taking their children back to school as Covid-19 virus infections rise

July 7 2020 - 08:30

'I wouldn't wish this on my enemies' - Sthandiwe Kgoroge details Covid-19 battle

Former Generations actress Sthandiwe Kgoroge has opened up about testing positive for Covid-19, warning how the virus can attack your vital organs.

The star recently took to Instagram to reveal that she is living with the coronavirus, and is already nine days into her recovery.

She said Covid-19 was potentially devastating, and she did not wish it on her worst enemies.

“I don't have enemies but if I did, I wouldn't wish this on them. This virus hits at all your vital organs, everything.”

'I wouldn't wish this on my enemies' - Sthandiwe Kgoroge details...

July 7 2020 - 08:29

Forced leave, retrenchments and dismissals: common questions asked by employees during lockdown

Many people in South Africa have faced challenges regarding their place of work - be it salary cuts, loss of income, retrenchments or liquidation.

The Covid-19 lockdown in SA has brought a steep drop in income for most businesses, resulting in some closing down.

During this time, employees and employers are faced with situations they have never been in before, resulting in a lot of confusion. For example, what if you are told you have to work from the workplace but it isn’t compliant with the health protocols?Forced leave, retrenchments and dismissals: common questions asked by...

July 7 2020 - 08:22

New Covid-19 strain 'up to nine times more infectious'

Covid-19 has thrown another spiked curve-ball at us.

This time it's a new strain that spreads far more quickly.New Covid-19 strain 'up to nine times more infectious'

July 7 2020 - 08:12

Covid-19 blowing Africa's HIV fight off track — experts

If the disruptions to HIV programmes, which have largely been influenced by the global response to Covid-19 and protracted lockdowns, continue unabated for another six months, an additional half a million people living with HIV in Africa will die and mother-to-child transmission of HIV will be set back by a decade.

Speaking during the opening of the 23rd virtual International Aids Conference on Monday, UNAids executive director Winnie Byanyima said despite the progress made by many countries in their fight against HIV, too many people are still dying from HIV-related deaths.Covid-19 blowing Africa's HIV fight off track — experts

July 7 2020 - 07:49

‘There. Are. No. Beds.’ Doc tells terrifying truth of SA’s Covid-19 crisis

We have probably run out of capacity to treat people. It makes you feeluseless as a doctor to have to say that to someone. 

But there’s nothing else we can do.‘There. Are. No. Beds.’ Doc tells terrifying truth of SA’s Covid-19...

July 7 2020 - 07:42

'A positive mindset is essential,' says nurse who beat Covid-19

A sense of hope and faith pulled an asthmatic nurse out of the intensive care unit (ICU), where she was suffering with Covid-19 health complications.

Brenda Joshua, a nurse at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, spent three days in ICU and a total of 10 days in hospital battling her own case of Covid-19.

“The one thing I want to stress is that when you are weak there, and in your bed, whether you’re in hospital or at home, there is always hope,” said Joshua.'A positive mindset is essential,' says nurse who beat Covid-19

July 6 2020 - 07:40

Covid-19 lingo: five terms we’ve learnt under lockdown

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to create an unprecedented crisis, phrases surrounding the virus have quickly become part of our daily vocabulary.

Just a few months ago, words like “social distancing”, “self-isolation” and “quarantine” were confusing and rarely entered the daily lexicon across SA.

And now - over 100 days into the lockdown that was initially planned for 21 days - it's hard to remember a time before the jargon.Covid-19 lingo: five terms we’ve learnt under lockdown

July 7 2020 - 07:33

Now this is how to ride out a pandemic. Meet Soweto’s money spinners

Bicycle entrepreneur Mpumelelo Mtintso watched his business disintegrate as Covid-19 took hold. 

But, with a deft switch of purpose he has turned a downturn into a great little earner.

Now this is how to ride out a pandemic. Meet Soweto’s money spinners

July 7 2020 - 07:24

Gauteng says no need for hardlock down as it reaches over 60,000 Covid-19 cases