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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Lockdowns will 'spell collapse' of hospitality industry

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Lockdowns will 'spell collapse' of hospitality industry

December 13 2021 - 12:25

SuperSport United fear further Covid-19 infections could decimate squad

SuperSport United are fearful more Covid-19 infections will decimate their squad and leave them more threadbare for their next outing after they had seven regulars missing for the weekend’s derby against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Coach Kaitano Tembo, captain Rowen Williams and last season’s leading goal scorer Bradley Grobler had to sit out the 1-0 home loss to the champions after testing positive in the days before Saturday’s clash, leaving Andre Arendse in charge of a makeshift team.

SuperSport United fear further Covid-19 infections could decimate squad

December 13 2021 - 12:15

Lockdowns will spell collapse of hospitality industry, Fedhasa warns

The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) has pleaded with the government not to enforce more Covid-19 lockdowns over the festive season to prevent the collapse of the industry.

Fedhasa chairperson Rosemary Anderson said the organisation has asked tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu to intervene on behalf of the industry.

“Our hospitality businesses cannot survive a repeat of last year December where beach bans, alcohol restrictions and extended curfews shut us down,” she said.

Lockdowns will spell collapse of hospitality industry, Fedhasa warns

December 13 2021 - 12:00

Return to office plans are turning ‘shybrid’, with ongoing delays

The latest bout of Covid-19 whiplash means many white-collar Americans will be approaching two full years of remote work with no certainty about how long it will last. Until then, the chasm grows between executives who want to eventually get people back at their desks and their workers’ reluctance to comply.

While post-pandemic work models are clear for companies such as Goldman Sachs Group  (most people should be back in the office) and Twitter (most people can be fully remote), many other firms are still formulating a strategy.

“We coined the term ‘shybrid’,” said Paul McKinlay, vice-president of communications and remote working at printing company Cimpress and its unit Vista, which both opted to go with a permanent remote-first model in August 2020. — Bloomberg

Return to office plans are turning ‘shybrid’, with ongoing delays

December 13 2021 - 11:30

Activists urge Germany to suspend patents on Covid-19 medical tools

Doctors Without Borders (MSF), with civil society bodies, has urged Germany to support the immediate suspension of patents on all Covid-19 medical tools in light of low vaccination rates in SA and other African countries.

A letter signed by civil society groups, patient bodies and human rights activists has been sent to German chancellor Olaf Scholz, economics minister Robert Habeck and development minister Svenja Schulze.

The letter called for an immediate suspension of patents through theTrade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (Trips) waiver — an intellectual rights protocol — at the World Trade Organization, “which to date has been outright blocked by the German government”.

Activists urge Germany to suspend patents on Covid-19 medical tools

December 13 2021 - 10:30

Boosters provide 70% to 75% protection from Omicron: UK study

Covid vaccine boosters improve protection to as much as 75% against a rapidly spreading Omicron variant that is much more likely to bypass two doses than earlier strains, preliminary UK data shows.

The basic course of shots from AstraZeneca Plc and the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech SE partnership provided much lower defences against symptomatic infection with Omicron  compared with the Delta strain, the initial study showed. A booster lifted protection to 70% to 75% in the early days after the shot.

“These early estimates should be treated with caution, but they indicate a few months after the second jab, there is a greater risk of catching the Omicron variant,” said Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the UK Health Security Agency. — Bloomberg

Boosters provide 70% to 75% protection from Omicron: UK study

December 13 2021 - 08:07

Has the risk of Covid-19 reinfection increased with the Omicron variant?

The risk of Covid-19 reinfection is likely greater with the Omicron variant than it was with previous variants.

That’s according to health minister Joe Phaahla.

In a recent media briefing on government’s response to Covid-19, Phaahla said a paper published about the risk of reinfection in SA reports a two to three times higher risk of reinfection for people who contracted Covid-19 previously.

Has the risk of Covid-19 reinfection increased with the Omicron variant?

December 13 2021 - 08:01

WATCH | ‘Schooled’ — Dr Angelique Coetzee tells UK to ‘trust’ SA doctors over Omicron

A video of the chairperson of the SA Medical Association (Sama), Dr Angelique Coetzee, telling the host of a UK radio show to trust SA experts studying the Omicron variant has received praise online.

Coetzee, who was among the first doctors to raise the alarm over the new strain, was speaking on LBC about Britain’s reaction to the Omicron variant.

She was adamant the new strain was “much milder” than previous Covid-19 variants.

December 13 2021 - 05:30

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