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South Africa cases pass half million mark

August 2020 BBC; More than half a million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in South Africa, according to the country’s health minister. Zweli Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths. South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts …

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KENYA: NHIF fails to renew cover for state workers

August 2020 DailyNation; Government employees and front-line health workers continue to remain exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic period following the expiry of their medical, life and last-expense insurance covers. The contracts for the scheme that caters for civil servants and the National Police Service expired on March 31, but the …

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Oxford University to cut 81 cancer research jobs by Christmas

August 2020 OxfordMail; DOZENS of cancer researchers are set to lose their jobs in a ‘devastating’ move described as a ‘kick in the teeth’ to scientists who have dedicated their lives to helping people. Oxford University’s Department of Oncology – based in the same building as its coronavirus vaccine team – is …

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NHIF stops Covid-19 bill payout in private hospitals

August 2020 BusinessDaily ; The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) will only provide cover for Covid-19 patients admitted to public hospitals, the insurer has said, a decision that is likely to rattle many members amid rising infections. Peter Kamunyo, the CEO of NHIF, said the fund will only pay rebates …

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