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COVID-19

Countries all over the world have been affected by Covid-19. The virus was first detected in 2019 and has since caused a global pandemic.

Technology has enabled remote working, learning and social connections during the Covid-19 pandemic, but increases of up to 80%[i] in time spent in front of screens has seen a rise in ADHD symptoms such as lack of focus, poor concentration, and restlessness among both adults and children.

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The Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine has been approved for individuals that are 12-years-old and above. The announcement was made by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra).

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to end the national state of disaster. He believes there are better ways of handling the pandemic that is more conducive to creating jobs and boosting the economy.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has announced that the Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine has been approved for individuals 12 years and older. In a statement released by Sahpra, they say that their decision is limited to the safety, quality and efficacy of health products and not due to procurement decisions.

The cost of funeral insurance has increased.

The rising number of deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen some funeral service provides and insurers increase their prices. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) says it is concerned about the impact this will have on funeral policyholders.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has provided an update on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. He revealed that the country’s 7-day rolling average of new reported Covid-19 cases has dropped by 24% while hospitalisation has decreased by 10%.

Covid-19 Vaccinations key to ending pandemic

The World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has announced that over the past week, new Covid-19 cases declined by 23%. This is the sharpest decline since the beginning of the third wave in July.

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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been felt in every sector of the South African economy. The tourism sector was especially hard hit during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The Western Cape Department of Health has provided an update on the state of Covid-19 in the province. The data explored in the Digital Press Conference revealed the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine on the provinces over 60 population.

Covid-19 vaccine impact on hospitals

Recent data from the UCT Faculty of Health Science’s post on their Facebook page revealed the impact of Covid-19 vaccinations at the Groote Schuur Hospital.

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