TheInterdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences Unit at Oxford University reported an increase of more than 1 000% in medical video conferencing over two weeks as part of a six-month study they were doing in Scotland.'
In SA the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the partnership between Vodacom and Discovery, in order to provide free online doctors’ consultations, as a private sector intervention to relieve the pressures that could burden the health system as coronavirus infections peak, wroteSifiso Skenjana (Fin24, 7 August 2020).
A new blood test may be able to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with astonishing accuracy, according to a study by Swedish researchers. The test not only differentiate between Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, but also detects signs of Alzheimer’s two decades before symptoms appeared in people who were genetically predisposed to develop the degenerative disease by measuring levels of a specific tau protein, called p-tau217, - Health24 (6 August 2020).
According to the Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance network, the global pandemic has had far-reaching effects for African start-ups, as between 70% and 80% of those not backed by venture capital face possible closure due to the economic crisis. – reported Financial Mail (6 August 2020).
National Treasury has ended the emergency procurement process for Personal Protective Equipment and protective clothing, saying it's back to business as usual for government suppliers, reported News24 (6 August 2020).