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COVID-19 WRAP | SA records 533 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

28 October 2021 - 05:30 By TimesLIVE
Elizabeth, speaks with another anti-vaccine mandate protester during the board meeting of Portland Public School about a proposed coronavirus disease vaccine mandate for students 12-years-old and above in Portland, Oregon, US on October 26, 2021.
Elizabeth, speaks with another anti-vaccine mandate protester during the board meeting of Portland Public School about a proposed coronavirus disease vaccine mandate for students 12-years-old and above in Portland, Oregon, US on October 26, 2021.
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October 28 2021 - 20:40

SA records 533 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

SA recorded 533 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Thursday.

There were 55 Covid-19 related deaths recorded in the same period. This means that there have been 2,921,114 cases and 89,104 fatalities recorded to date across SA.

October 28 2021 - 16:05

Covid-19 death claims top those for all other causes combined: Discovery

In the first eight months of this year, Covid-19 accounted for 57% of Discovery Life’s death claims — almost 50% more than all other causes of death combined.

The insurer revealed this startling statistic with the release of its 2020 claims analysis report this week.

“If we inspect the highest claims category per year for the past 10 years, we find that Covid-19 has emerged as the leading cause of death — overtaking cancer as well as heart and artery claims, which in previous years were the main causes of death,” said Discovery Life CEO Riaan van Reenen.

October 28 2021 - 07:55

I’ve already recovered from Covid-19, why do I need to suffer through the side effects of vaccination?

The Department of Health recommends getting vaccinated for Covid-19 even after you have contracted the virus and recovered from it.

Vaccination does not prevent people from getting infected with Covid-19, but it prevents severe illness, the persistent after-effects known as “long Covid”, hospitalisation and even death, it says.

After getting Covid-19, the immune system becomes weak and its response to the virus is significantly shorter than the vaccine.

October 28 2021 - 06:13

LISTEN | Study finds vaccine sentiment is trending downwards

It is now widely understood that receiving the Covid-19 vaccine is the most successful measure to combat the disease and set world economies back on a growth path. 

However, an ongoing study by a team of well-being researchers, called the Gross National Happiness Today Project, indicates that vaccine attitudes globally are on the decrease.

Director of the project and well-being economist at the University of Johannesburg, Professor Talita Greyling, explains some of the projects findings. 

October 28 2021 - 05:23

The Covid-19 pandemic taught us that the impact of health crises resonates throughout economies and societies: Ghebreyesus

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