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The molecular based tests used to detect SARS-CoV-2 are very specific but can take two to three days to process and produce a result.
South African President Cyril Rampahosa, centre, ordered a 21-day lockdown.
The notion that there is a binary choice between the economy and the medically optimal strategy is wrong.
Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome.
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Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV.
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Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria.
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Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.
The Sharpeville Massacre.
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It's been 60 years since the massacre of 69 unarmed civilians by the South African apartheid state. Here's how the killings changed the way the world thinks about human rights.
A taxi rank marshal sprays hand sanitiser on a commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure as she arrives at the Wanderers taxi rank in Johannesburg.
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Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
Group B streptococcus is the most common bacterial cause of illness in newborn babies around the world.
President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House on March 15, 2020.
Usually when a leader handles a crisis poorly, it's politically costly. But President Trump's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis is not likely to hurt him, says an expert on health crises.
Little Foot’s skull, with the arrow on the right-hand image indicating the specimen’s atlas.
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The findings suggest that this specimen could climb and move in trees. But it may also have been able to walk on the ground. This echoes previous studies.
Vicious cycle: violence is often used to stop violence.
The school playground is not just a place to have fun. It's an important space to claim power and this is often done through violence.
Global education assessments show that South Africa’s education system is moving upward.
New insights show that South Africa's education system is heading in the right direction.
The St Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty with mask-wearing women holding stretchers at the backs of ambulances during the global flu epidemic, St Louis, Missouri, October 1918.
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The Spanish flu episode highlights some elementary mistakes made back then which must be avoided at all costs to prevent another public health disaster.
Fewer books will be available to South Africans, and the books remaining under copyright will be more expensive, if the country gives in to US pressure to extend its copyright term.
In some communities, over a quarter of the children were misclassified as iron replete whereas they were iron deficient.
The health and rights of children and adolescents, particularly the most marginalised and vulnerable, are under immediate threat from climate change, corporate actors and growing inequities.
Digital inequality remains firmly in place in South Africa.
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Policies need to address human develop challenges, if people are to be equitably brought on line.
If patients received counselling from someone who spoke their language, they would have an opportunity to ask questions about their medical condition and understand it more clearly.
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Art and visual culture played a significant role in building a unified Afrikaner nationalism that allowed apartheid to thrive. A new book unpacks the issue.