Scroll through the gallery below to view the latest Covid-19 numbers available on 13 August at the district level. All maps are sourced from provincial health departments. Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape did not provide an update by the time of publishing:
A digital memorial has been launched to recognise and remember the healthcare workers “who have fallen in the line of duty”. The Healthcare Workers Heroes Memorial was brought into being because of the high number of health workers who have died from Covid-19. However, it also serves to give “long overdue” recognition to all healthcare workers who have died in the line of duty. The list is, sadly, growing constantly and includes all workers – from surgeons to security guards. As Mark Heywood writes, it also includes messages from health workers across the continent. Watch the memorial list here and the messages here.
In Cape Town, a temporary Covid-19 field hospital in Khayelitsha has been closed because cases have declined and the permanent hospital can once again cope. Since June, the hospital has seen 241 patients. Of those patients, 34 died. Almost a month ago, Khayelitsha had 1,800 active cases – now it has 206. The Khayelitsha Thusong Centre, which housed the Médecins Sans Frontières- sponsored hospital, can now go back to being a community centre. Ashraf Hendriks reports.
Meanwhile, the Gift of the Givers is in the process of launching a Covid-19 wing at the Mitchells Plain district hospital. The facility has been renovated to the tune of R10-million by the organisation and will have 60 beds with oxygen machines when it launches in September. It has started building a similar facility in Bhisho. Biénne Huisman spoked to the founder of Africa’s largest humanitarian aid organisation, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, as they prepare for the launch.
The Treatment Action Campaign and the Eastern Cape Department of Health have agreed to conduct a joint oversight visit to 48 clinics in Nelson Mandela Bay. This comes after the civil society organisation protested and demanded action after patients said they were struggling to access their medicine for HIV, TB, and emergency medical services during the lockdown. As Estelle Ellis writes, the findings will be discussed after visits conclude at the end of August.
South Africa’s ambassador to the World Trade Organisation has proposed that Covid-19 medicines should be treated as part of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. This will make it easier for developing countries to access generics of the medicine. Peter Kenny reports. DM/MC
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