Covid-19 update: More politicians test positive, Trump's drug flops

Covid-19 update: More politicians test positive, Trump's drug flops

South African politicians continue to test positive for Covid-19 at a time when leadership is key in the response to the pandemic. explores the latest updates on the situation.

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Two more politicians have announced that they have contracted the coronavirus after two mayors tested positive. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed yet another spike in cases and fatalities in the country.

1. Two mayors test positive for Covid-19

Two more politicians have tested positive for Covid-19 with the Emalahleni and Newcastle mayors revealing that they contracted the virus.

Linah Malatjie and Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba both tested positive earlier this week and have since gone into self-isolation.

Malatjie explained that she had submitted herself for testing after realising that she had come into contact with infected individuals:

"I took that decision as a necessary precaution to protect members of the public who frequent my office, colleagues and municipal employees in general. Accordingly, I'm already following Covid-19 protocol management and doctors' instructions whilst in self-isolation."
Dr Zweli Mkhzie has noted a high number of Covid-19 fatalities. Image: GCIS
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2. Mkhize releases latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest Covid-19 statistics in SA's continued battle against the virus.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Mkhzie confirmed another spike in infections:

"As of today, a cumulative total of 324 221 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded, with 13 172 new cases identified."

The minister announced that SA had recorded a high number of fatalities during the previous 24 hours:

"Regrettably, we report a further 216 Covid-19 related deaths: 7 from Mpumalanga, 10 from the Free State, 41 from KwaZulu-Natal, 25 from Eastern Cape, 47 from Western Cape and 86 from Gauteng Province. This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 4 669."

The number of recoveries is 165 591, which translates to a recovery rate of 51%.

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3. Study: Malaria drug 'ineffective' against mild cases

The malaria drug lauded by President Donald Trump as a Covid-19 treatment has been found ineffective against patients with mild symptoms, according to a University of Minnesota study.

Patients given a placebo showed the same symptoms as those given hydroxychloroquine during the study.

Researched submitted their findings to the Annals of Internal Medicine, commenting that:

"Hydroxychloroquine did not substantially reduce symptom severity or prevalence over time in non-hospitalised persons with early Covid-19."

Earlier, reported that Russia had concluded human trials for a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford.

The trial had shown immense promise according to researchers who led the first complete testing of a possible answer to the pandemic. While the vaccine trial had positive results, it remains unclear when the vaccine will be commercially produced.

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