Joe Phaahla

  • Africa

    S/Africa to retain “Level I” lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

    With the latest COVID-19 cases at 26,976, the National Coronavirus Command Council has retained lockdown restrictions at “adjusted level one”, health authorities said on Thursday. Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said it makes sense to keep lockdown at this level as hospitals are not overwhelmed at this stage. ‘`We need to tighten lockdown measures…

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    Vaccinations protect against Omicron – S/African scientists

    The new Omicron coronavirus variant is driving up infection figures in South Africa and is now increasingly spreading to older people, Health Minister Joe Phaahla, said on Friday. The minister said, in the country’s worst-hit region, Gauteng province, Johannesburg and Pretoria, the number of cases rose by 400 per cent week-on-week. He said tests showed that the Omicron variant was…

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