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Coronavirus Status Update 14 July 2020
(Day 44 of Level 3 Lockdown | 110 days in total)

Source: SA Coronavirus as at 14 July 2020, click here
Source: Media Release as at 14 July 2020, click here
NICD COVID-19 Surveillance in Selected Hospitals (Private)
14 July 2020, click here
NEW: Explainer: Doctor’s advice on handling a Covid-19 infection at home
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NEW: Guidance note for workplaces in the event of identification of a COVID-19 positive employee
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NEW: Covid-19 – Mask Guidelines and Safety Tips
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Providing Palliative Care in South Africa During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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COVID-19 pandemic a focused review for clinicians
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Guidance for health workers in Primary Health Care Facilities
(26 May 2020)
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COVID-19 Disease: Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines
Version 2 (21st May 2020)
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Clinical management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease
Version 4 (18th May 2020)
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NEW NICD COVID-19 Surveillance by Province Dashboard, click here



WHO WARNS AGAINST EASING CORONAVIRUS MEASURES TOO EARLY, click here
  • WHO Situation Report 176 -  (124July 2020), click here
HIGHLIGHTS
  1. The latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, published yesterday, estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in the past five years. The report forecasts the COVID-19 pandemic could tip over 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.
  2. In South Sudan, WHO and the Ministry of Health are working to address stigma and fear, which are proving to be major barriers to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. A new report from WHO highlights that violence and injuries are a leading cause of death in the WHO European Region, accounting for almost 500 000 deaths a year. Evidence shows that violence can increase during and in the aftermath of disease outbreaks, particularly affecting women, children and older people. WHO has also produced guidance specifically addressing violence against women.
  4. The WHO Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) has launched a new webinar series to manage infodemics through effective risk communication and community engagement. This is discussed in today’s ‘Subject in Focus’ below.
  • EPI-WIN: WHO information network for epidemics, click here
Government Updates:
 
  • Disaster Management Act: Amendment of regulations: Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Re-opening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19: Amendment, click here
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  • Nursing Act: Regulations: Scope of practice for nurses and midwives: Comments invited, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19: Amendment, click here
  • Pharmacy Act: Good Pharmacy Education Standards: Occupational Qualification Framework Sub-Framework, click here
  • Pharmacy Act: Guidelines for registration of persons who hold a BPharm as Pharmacist Assistant: Comments invited, click here
  • Pharmacy Act: Restoration requirements and process for pharmacists who have been removed, click here
  • Pharmacy Act: Rules relating to Good Pharmacy Practice - Minimum Standards for trading titles, click here
  • Pharmacy Act: Guidance document for Continuing Professional Development, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions: Measures to prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in air services during Alert Level 3: Amendment, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions on Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products issued in terms of Regulation 4(10) of Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of Act, Guidelines to Prevent and Combat Spread of COVID-19, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions: Re-opening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in National Department of Basic Education, all Provincial Education Departments, all Education District Offices and All S..., click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions: Reopening of institutions offering qualifications registered on Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF), click here
  • Prescribed Rate of Interest Act: Prescribed rate of interest (English / Afrikaans), click here
  • Hazardous Substances Act: Group III Hazardous Substances: Exemption, click here
  • Medicines and Related Substances Act: Exclusion of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand-Rubs from the Operation of Specified Provisions, click here
  • National Environmental Management: Waste Act: Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for the Lighting Sector: Comments invited, click here
  • National Environmental Management: Waste Act: Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for Paper, Packaging and Some Single Use Products: Comments invited, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions: Measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the health sector, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions: Re-opening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronvirus COVID-19 in the Education Sector, click here
  • Customs and Excise Act: Amendment of Rules, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19: Supply of energy and petroleum products and maintenance and construction work for energy projects, click here
  • Disaster Management Act: Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19: Protocols for the Personal Care Services, click here
  • Medicines and Related Substances Act: Regulations: Transparent pricing system: Dispensing fee for pharmacists, click here
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act: Enforcement by Local Authority (English / Afrikaans), click here
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act: First Aid Unit Standards, click here
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act: Exemption from Ergonomics Regulations, click here
Government News:
  • JCPS Cluster briefs media on plans to further combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, 15 Jul, click here
  • Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 update for 14 July, click here

In the News

  • Education ministers call for time to deal with 'new normal' amid pressure to close schools, click here
  • Western Cape stats show 62% rise in hospital trauma cases after unbanning of booze, click here
  • Return of alcohol ban stirs debate in South Africa, click here
  • Johannesburg Covid-19 crisis: ‘The storm is upon us’, click here
  • Western Cape using 60% of its oxygen supply in hospitals, click here
  • Gauteng’s Nasrec Field Hospital gets first patients after life-saving donations, click here
  • How to Access Public Mental Health Services, click here
  • Gauteng divided into four medical clusters to curb the spread of Covid-19, click here
  • Where death comes wrapped in plastic: South Africa's COVID-19 hotspot, click here
  • Gauteng COVID-19 cases double in just 10 days, breaching 100 000, click here
  • Pounded by Covid-19, nurses live in fear as numbers surge, click here
  • We take comfort that most cases aren't severe - Gauteng Health MEC, click here
Private hospitals battle to find space for COVID-19 patients

As SA’s coronavirus tally soars past the 276, 000 mark reports this morning suggest many private hospitals are battling to find space for patients. Mark Human, chair of the Gauteng branch of the SA Medical Association joins us now on how the medical fraternity is coping. 

Source: eNCA, 14 July 2020 | click here
Do new rules pass legal muster?

New lockdown rules this week with the reintroduction of the alcohol sales ban and the curfew. The new regulations were gazetted speedily, but will they pass muster in court? Let's discuss this now with constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos. 

Source: eNCA, 14 July 2020 | click here
Additional Resources for the workplace:
  • COMMUNICATION WITH REGARD TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES PERMIT, click here
  • Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces Covid-19 (C19 OHS), 2020, click here
  • Guidelines for symptom monitoring and management of essential workers for COVID-19 related infection, click here
  • The Department of Employment and Labour Workplace Preparedness: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-19 virus), click here
  • OHS Checklist for Inspections at Workplaces during the COVID-19 Lockdown Period, click here
  • NHLS Coronavirus in the Workplace, click here
  • COVID-19: What every workplace should do, click here
  • WHO: Getting worklplace ready for COVID-19, click here
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