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Lockdown: Africa Is Not Testing Ground!

This is not football….

But given the uncertain times we are in because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Soccer Laduma has a responsibility to keep the Soccer Laduma family updated on the latest news on the virus, and how it’s affecting Mzansi.

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Here are four of the biggest stories on News24 related to the COVID-19 pandemic at the midway point of South Africa’s nationwide 21-day lockdown:

The WHO has rejected any notion that Africa would be used as a "testing ground" for a Covid-19 vaccine

WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, labelled rumours of this as "racist remarks", saying he was "appalled" after hearing about it.

He said Africa will not be a "testing ground for any vaccine", saying any vaccine rollout would follow the same protocol across the world.

Ramaphosa to discuss the three-week lockdown's effectiveness

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government will assess the effectiveness of the 21-day lockdown, which is due to end on 16 April, in the coming days.

Speculation has been rife the lockdown would be extended beyond three weeks, with growing concern over the impact of such a decision on an already ailing economy.

SA's wine industry gets green light to export during lockdown

This follows a period of "intensive lobbying" by a task team of exporters, industry members said on Wednesday.

Industry bodies told Fin24 that the change in regulations, signed off by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and published in the Government Gazette on 7 April, had been met with considerable relief.

Dis-Chem now offers drive-through Covid-19 tests at some branches

Pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem says it will be launching drive-through Covid-19 Testing sites in shopping centre parking lots this week.

Drive-through testing sites went live today at their Olympus and Athol Oaklands (Blue Bird) branches in Centurion, Gauteng. While from Thursday 9 April more sites will come online at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre and the Pavilion in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Canal Walk in the Western Cape.

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