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HIV boosts coronavirus risk of death three fold, South African data shows

The country's Western Cape province health department analysed almost 13,000 cases, including 435 deaths, to show the 'interplay' between HIV and Covid.
The novel coronavirus

South Africa had the right idea to halt coronavirus, but its plan still failed

South Africa decided to test 30,000 people a day just weeks after its first case. Shortage of kits and inadequate infra have forced the country to consider a new plan now.
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South Africa’s deep mines grapple with thousands returning to work

Social distancing, screening and testing will hamper the country’s deep-level mines, which have been operating with half their workforce since a five-week shutdown ended at the beginning of May. @Saif Ullah Khan

You can now view a live safari from South African reserves in your living room

Virtual safaris from Kruger National Park, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve are being live streamed by Wild Earth and AndBeyond.
People gather to buy corn from a street vendor in the Central Business District (CBD) of Johannesburg | Photographer: Waldo Swiegers | Bloomberg

South Africa reopens economy despite surge in virus cases

The easing comes after the authorities faced criticism that some of the rules were nonsensical, had no bearing on the fight against the virus and were causing undue harm to the country.

Closed shoes, short sleeved shirts as undergarment — new clothing rule baffles South Africans

Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel’s office said he’d consulted with clothing and textile industry leaders about which goods should be permitted to be sold.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa | Flickr

India announced lockdown the same time as South Africa but has over 7 times new cases since

While the two countries are not comparable, owing to population demographic variations, South Africa has conducted 1934 Covid-19 tests per million compared to India's 291.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa | Flickr

For South Africa, coronavirus cure can be worse than the disease

South Africa had already arguably erred on the side of caution from a spectrum of measures. But the costs can outweigh coronavirus risk.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers toast remarks during a dinner hosted in his honour by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the State House | GovernmentZA | Flickr

Old men, who were once freedom fighters, still run southern Africa

In Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, people born after liberation have hardly made inroads into the meritocratic, male-dominated core structures of power.
Cape Town

This is how Cape Town averted a water crisis, just days before running dry

Cape Town’s water crisis got so bad last year that there were competitions to see who could wash their shirts the least.

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Modi-Xi summit

How India lined up US, Russia on its side of LAC and China was forced to return friendless

China is disengaging from the LAC, and also taking back the message that India has far more friends in the world today. The last 24 hours have truly been PM Modi’s.
A deserted road during the 'triple lockdown' strategy in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 July | ANI Photo

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.

Defence

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PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.