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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Living on the frontline: a Durban hospital doctor's day

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Living on the frontline: a Durban hospital doctor's day

January 03 2020 - 14:27

Living on the frontline: a Durban hospital doctor’s day

It’s 7am. I take over from the night doctor. She looks tired, like she’s had no sleep the entire night. She hands over five patients waiting from the day before for beds, and two for review.

She can barely speak because of the mask and long night. I say, “Get some rest.” She looks at me, giving me the look of “goodluck”. The night has defeated her.

I go back to my car. Put on my plastic apron, my butcher’s thick apron, my half face respirator and my visor and I’m ready.

Living on the frontline: a Durban hospital doctor’s day

January 03 2020 - 14:13

Guests to self-isolate in game park due to Covid — but must cook and clean

Guests at a KwaZulu-Natal wildlife resort where a manager tested positive for Covid-19 have been offered the option of self-isolating there — but will have to do the cooking and housekeeping themselves.

Hilltop Resort inside Hlhluwe iMfolozi Park was closed as a precautionary measure on the advice of a medical team after the manager tested positive.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife confirmed in a statement on Saturday that the manager had, as part of his duties, interacted with all resort staff and guests, prompting the decision to close the resort.

Guests to self-isolate in game park due to Covid — but must cook and...

January 03 2020 - 12:49

Nearly 3,000 nabbed for New Year lockdown violations in Western Cape

While a significant reduction in crime was noted by police nearly 3,000 people have been fined for violating the lockdown regulations since New Year's Eve in the Western Cape.

Police issued 2,915 fines since Thursday evening, most of them (2,185) were for curfew transgressions in terms of the Disaster Management Act, the SAPS said on Sunday.

Notable successes included the closure of 29 illegal shebeens, 32 arrests for illegal alcohol sales and 11,000 litres of liquor was confiscated.

Nearly 3,000 nabbed for New Year lockdown violations in Western Cape

January 03 2020 - 08:51

Australia's virus cluster expands further as masks made compulsory

Australia's most-populous state of New South Wales on Sunday reported eight new Covid-19 cases as new social distancing restrictions and mandatory mask wearing kicked in while neighbouring Victoria had three new cases.

The New South Wales outbreak, which began around mid-December at Sydney's Northern Beaches, now totals 148. There are also smaller clusters in Sydney's west and south, which authorities fear could rise in coming days.

NSW will enforce mask wearing from midnight in indoor venues like gaming rooms, hair salons, nail salons and retail shops.

Australia's virus cluster expands further as masks made compulsory

January 03 2020 - 07:08

'Use the Covid Alert SA app to protect yourself and your loved ones': Zweli Mkhize