South Africa Fears Virus Comeback As Cluster Outbreaks Flare

Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season.

Officials in Africa’s hardest virus-hit country are scrambling to contain infections after a flare-up was reported in the impoverished Eastern Cape province and adjacent Western Cape province last month.

The national number of new daily cases crept over 3,000 last week, up 50 percent from an average of 2,000 earlier in November.

More than half the increase is driven by infections in the Eastern Cape and around 25 percent by cases in the Western Cape.

“(The) small cluster outbreaks which we are seeing… are transient,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said during an emergency trip to the Eastern Cape last week.

“Something has to be done,” he stressed.

South Africa's daily coronavirus case rate has slowed since July's peaks, but officials fear a resurgence South Africa’s daily coronavirus case rate has slowed since July’s peaks, but officials fear a

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South America Nutritional Supplement Market-2021, Global Industry Size, Segments, Share and Growth Factor Analysis Research Report 2023

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The market is growing on the back of the increasing concern for health diseases amongst individuals worldwide, which is also raising the need to consume healthy foods and follow a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, factors such as the increasing geriatric population are anticipated to promote the growth of healthy beverages, and are luring manufacturers in the beverage industry to increasingly invest in different types of beverages. The World Health Organization (WHO), in one of its statistics, stated that by the end of 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and above is anticipated to reach 2 billion.

The South America nutrition supplements market size was valued at USD 12.51 Bn in 2017 and is set to increase at a CAGR of 8.50% over the forecast period. South America is considered to be an

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South Korea Coronavirus Outbreak Adds New Stress to Gruelling, Eight-Hour Exam | World News

SEOUL (Reuters) – From avoiding family members to skipping extra study at “cram schools”, the coronavirus has forced nearly half a million South Korean test-takers and proctors to rethink their strategies ahead of a hyper-competitive university entrance exam this week.

The gruelling, almost eight-hour test on Thursday is seen as a life-defining event for high school seniors. A degree from a prestigious university is seen as a minimum requirement for securing one of the coveted but limited corporate jobs in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

This year teachers, proctors and students drastically changed their study and teaching practices to try to ensure those taking the test don’t ruin their chances by getting sick.

“We take caution not just in classes but also during lunch, sitting facing the walls, eating alone and not talking at all,” said one teacher who will also serve as a proctor, speaking on condition of anonymity as she

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On World AIDS Day, South Africa finds hope in new treatment

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health officials are hoping that new, long-acting drugs to help prevent HIV infection will be a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that’s been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the new drug in a weekly newsletter, saying the long-term acting and injectable HIV drug has “the potential to significantly strengthen our response to the epidemic.”

The region is especially hard-hit. South Africa has the biggest epidemic in the world with 7.7 million people living with HIV, according to UNAIDS.

In separate studies of men and women earlier this year, including one by the HIV Prevention Trials Network and the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, the drug — Cabotegravir — had successful trials. The shot given every two months has been proven to be 90% more effective than the

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The Latest: Australian State Marks 28 Days With No New Case | South Dakota News

MELBOURNE, Australia — From nearly 8,000 active cases in August and more than 800 deaths in the Australian state of Victoria to the elimination of the coronavirus: It’s an achievement that one Melbourne doctor says he thought was unthinkable only three months ago.

Friday marked four weeks without a new case of COVID-19 and 9,828 Victorians were tested in the past 24 hours.

Health authorities say 28 days with no new cases means the virus has been eliminated from the community, given that the time represents two 14-day incubation periods.

Victoria reached 7,880 active cases on Aug. 11. The last COVID-19 patient in a Victorian hospital was discharged on Monday, leaving the state without an active case.

The resurgence had forced a lockdown in Melbourne, an overnight curfew and travel and family gathering restrictions. Premier Daniel Andrews was criticized repeatedly over several months for his strict guidelines.

“It is an

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How South Korea Responded to Fears Over the Flu Vaccine

SEOUL, South Korea — The deaths were mounting, and so were the public’s fears.

South Korea had vastly expanded its flu vaccine program to cover millions more people, to prevent a one-two punch to its health system as the coronavirus spread globally. But as the injections got underway, reports of deaths started popping up.

South Korean scientists quickly determined that the deaths were unrelated to the flu shots. But they worried that if they didn’t stop the panic, the public might shun the vaccines altogether.

So health officials doubled down — and, in the process, gave the world a game plan for when coronavirus vaccines become widely available.

They ramped up efforts to communicate with the public. They disclosed data on what was found. And they quickly got the vaccination campaign back on track, at a time when scientists dealing with Covid-19 are increasingly worried about the rise of the

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South Australia to Lift Lockdown Early, Allow Outdoor Exercise

The original six-day lockdown that began Thursday will end at midnight Saturday.

Photographer: Roy VanDerVegt/Getty Images 

South Australia will lift its lockdown early and immediately allow outdoor exercise after fears authorities were dealing with an extremely infectious strain of the virus proved unfounded.

The state was plunged into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world on Thursday, after contact tracers believed a man became infected after buying a takeaway pizza. It turns out he lied to contact tracers, and had worked at the restaurant and been in close contact with another infected worker for several shifts.

South Australians Adjust To Life Under Lockdown Following Community COVID-19 Outbreak

Adelaide on Friday. The original six-day lockdown that began Thursday will end at midnight Saturday.

Photographer: Kelly Barnes/Getty Images AsiaPac

Authorities were “operating on a premise that this person had simply gone to a pizza shop, very short exposure and walked away with having contracted the virus,” Police Commissioner

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South Alabama capital campaign raises $160.9 million, exceeds goal by $10 million-plus

The University of South Alabama has announced the completion of its Upward & Onward capital campaign, a five-year fundraising effort that raised $160.9 million for various university-related projects.

The campaign, begun in 2015, exceeded its initial goal by more than $10 million. Included were donations from current and former employees, alumni, business and foundations.

“It’s extremely gratifying for the university,” said Margaret Sullivan, South Alabama’s vice-president for development and alumni relations. “I think what it says is that the community, the alumni and friends see the value of what USA and USA health provides to our region, and they’re willing to invest in the university and its future and future of our citizens. That’s really what it’s all about.”

A large chunk of the Upward & Onward fundraising came from a $50 million donation by Abraham Mitchell, one of the university’s long-time benefactors, whose family name is on the Mitchell

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Surging Virus Cases Get a Shrug in Many Midwestern Towns | South Dakota News

By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Danny Rice has a good sense of how dangerous the coronavirus can be.

What puzzles him are the people who have curtailed so much of their lives to avoid being infected by the virus.

“I’m not going out and looking to catch it,” he said, sitting at a cluttered desk in his auto repair shop in the tiny eastern Nebraska community of Elmwood. “I don’t want to catch it. But if I get it, I get it. That’s just how I feel.”

Plenty of people agree with Rice, and health experts acknowledge those views are powering soaring COVID-19 infection rates, especially in parts of the rural Midwest where the disease is spreading unabated and threatening to overwhelm hospitals.

It’s not that people in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and elsewhere don’t realize their states are leading the nation in new

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Eta’s floodwaters drowned horse barns in South Florida. Now owners are scrambling to find dry land.

South Florida horse owners didn’t think Tropical Storm Eta posed much of a threat. Their horses had lived through countless hurricanes in barns made of concrete, or open fields where they could run away from any threat.

They weren’t prepared for floodwaters that drenched their horses’ stalls with water nearly up to their knees and turned their pastures into ponds. It left them scrambling to evacuate their 1,200-pound animals through two feet of water to temporary dry stalls in the middle of a pandemic — even as rain kept falling the rest of the week.

“It came out of nowhere,” said Alexandra Khenenou, who moved her three horses to a temporary barn in Cooper City on Wednesday. “The land owner at my barn contacted me saying ‘your horses are standing in water. What do you want to do?’ So I was scrambling all morning trying to find different farms, different

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