Department of health

SA’s COVID-19 cases breach the 700 000 mark

South Africa has surpassed the 700 000 mark in confirmed COVID-19 cases. The country recorded 2 019 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 700 203. The country also recorded 69 new COVID-19 related deaths, taking the total number of people who succumbed[…]

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350% increase in trauma patients during alcohol unbanning

The Western Cape Department of Health has welcomed the reinstatement of the ban on alcohol sales, given the recent rise in alcohol-related traumas being reported at hospitals across the province. It comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reimplementation of the ban in order to alleviate strain on the healthcare[…]

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SA does not have enough hospital beds: analyst

South Africa appears to be woefully underprepared for a serious escalation in Covid-19 cases, with roughly 3 000 out of about 7 000 critical care beds available between the public and private healthcare sectors, according to best estimates. On Thursday, News24 reported approximate projections used by the government indicated 80%[…]

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Health dept withdraws funding from Sarah Fox

Sickly children at the Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital in Athlone are being moved and administrative staff says they will be left jobless at the end of the month when the facility closes. Frustrated staff members protested outside the Athlone hospital earlier this week, after they were told that the[…]

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Informal traders hard hit by proposed Tobacco Bill

The South African Informal Traders Association (SAITA) believes the Government’s proposed ban on the display of cigarettes, as well as a ban on the sale of single cigarettes, will have a massive negative impact on their members ability to trade. “We are calling on the Minister of Health to exempt[…]

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