Covid-19 round-up: Cheaper tests and call to normalise living with Covid-19

As people prepare to get back to work and school, this is what you need to know about Covid-19.

Infections are manageable, time to end State of Disaster, says Winde

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says Covid-19 must be managed within existing systems so that more attention can go toward unemployment and poverty.

More on The Citizen.

Over 28-million vaccines administered as health department records mortality backlog

Western Cape passes the peak of the fourth wave and the Department of Health said on December 6 in a press statement that it had recorded over 500 Covid-19 deaths ‘due to an ongoing audit exercise conducted by provinces across the country to address a backlog of Covid-19 mortality and new cases’.

More on Rosebank Killarney Gazette.


UJ Council adopts mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy

This to ensure that the university’s staff, postdoctoral research fellows, and students have optimal access to the university’s precincts for varying purposes.

More on Randburg Sun.


Rapid antigen testing price lowered following Competition Commission investigation

The move is a further victory for consumers, following the recent announcement that Covid-19 PCR tests will now cost no more than R500.

More on Southern Courier.


SA government ‘not doing enough to take vaccines to the people’

Health department spokesperson Foster Mohale said the department was planning to intensify health education around the benefits of vaccination to reduce loss of income and school time by workers and pupils as a result of isolation.

More on Rosebank Killarney Gazette.


Covid-19 contact tracing reinstated – Here’s what you need to know

The contact tracing policy – which was placed on hold on December 23 – will now be reinstated. Here’s why.

More on Highway Mail.


New Covid-19 variant discovered in France

A new Covid variant, suspected of being probably ‘more infectious’ than Omicron, has been discovered in France.

More on The Citizen


USA to lift Southern Africa travel ban

US President Joe Biden has announced the lifting of travel restrictions imposed on Southern African countries following the emergence of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in November.

More on Roodepoort Record.


On January 7, South Africa reported 9 260 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 3 513 813. A total of 21 487 054 tests had been conducted to date. A further 140 Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 92 252. Recoveries stood at 3 273 022. A total of 28 308 644 vaccines had been administered across the country.

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