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South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Tuesday 22 February 2022

We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Tuesday 22 February 2022.

After the last couple of years, it’s perhaps inevitable that cluster outbreaks of certain diseases can put the people of South Africa on high alert. However, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is aiming to talk down the threat of Typhoid Fever – and they’ve already embarked on a myth-busting mission.

Is Typhoid in our tap water? The NICD says no.

Small outbreaks of Typhoid (also known as Enteric Fever) have been registered in the Western Cape, North West and Gauteng over the past few months – and dozens of cases have been registered since the back end of last year. However, some people are now adamant that the quality of tap water in South Africa is to blame.

Meanwhile, The NICD has also updated its requirements for South Africans who register for a positive COVID-19 test. They are also advocating for an end to all quarantine directives, while asking for active contact tracing to come to a halt: Essentially, this is ‘living with COVID’ guidance.

Greater freedoms will now be granted to those testing positive for the virus in asymptomatic and symptomatic cases.

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In some sad news, a toddler has been taken into police care over the weekend after a woman seemingly abandoned the boy in a Midrand suburb. The suspect was seen driving a VW Polo on Sagewood Street, and SAPS officials are desperately trying to trace the young lad’s parents.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Tuesday 22 February

South Africa has NEW self-isolation guidance – here are all the changes

The worst of COVID-19 is, almost certainly, behind us now. The arrival of Omicron and its BA.2 variant barely put a dent in our healthcare services, and the State of Disaster is set to expire in March. However, South Africa may have already taken a giant leap out of lockdown – thanks to the new self-isolation guidance.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has updated their requirements for South Africans who register a positive COVID-19 test. They are also advocating for an end to all quarantine directives, while asking for active contact tracing to come to a halt: Essentially, this is ‘living with COVID’ guidance.

Greater freedoms will now be granted to those testing positive for the virus, in both asymptomatic and symptomatic cases.

Click here for more about the latest requirements.

Is Typhoid in our tap water? NICD clarify ‘concerning claims’

After the last couple of years, it’s perhaps inevitable that cluster outbreaks of certain diseases can put the people of South Africa on high alert. However, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is aiming to talk down the threat of Typhoid Fever – and they’ve already embarked on a myth-busting mission.

Small outbreaks of Typhoid (also known as Enteric Fever) have been registered in the Western Cape, North West and Gauteng over the past few months – and dozens of cases have been registered since the back end of last year. However, some people are now adamant that the quality of tap water in South Africa is to blame.

Social media has been ablaze recently, as prominent posts perpetuating these rumours have taken flight. The NICD, however, has rubbished the claims entirely. As far as our scientific experts are concerned, there is ‘no evidence’ that Typhoid clusters are linked to contaminated municipal water supplies.

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Hunt on for VW Polo driver – after young boy ABANDONED in Midrand

Bloody hell, this is sad: A toddler has been taken into police care over the weekend, after a woman seemingly abandoned the boy in a Midrand suburb. The suspect was seen driving a VW Polo on Sagewood Street, and SAPS officials are desperately trying to trace the young lad’s parents.

An off-duty police officer became the hero of the hour, after he was called to attend to the boy. Wearing a blue top and a cap, the youngster was distressed, and only had the kindness of strangers for comfort.

Plenty of witnesses saw the abandonment, but crucially, none of them were able to remember the vehicle’s registration plates. Those with any information whatsoever have been urged to contact SAPS, either in person or via the designated Crime Stop number, which is 08600 10111.

The woman who dumped the boy is now facing charges of child neglect – as well as a major public backlash. The news has broken hearts across social media, and the hunt is on to find this mystery VW Polo Driver.

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At least 60 hospitalised after suspected gas leak at JHB student residence

Approximately 170 people were assessed, at least 60 of them hospitalised, following a suspected gas leak at a university’s student residence in Parktown.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24, City of Johannesburg EMS and other services were called to the scene shortly before 18h00 after numerous students complained of shortness of breath.

“On arrival, emergency workers found that numerous students aged 18 and upwards had already evacuated the buildings and were now crowding the sidewalk and street.

“Medics set up a triage area and began to tend to the patients, assessing approximately 170 people,” he said. Meiring said after the assessments, medics transported roughly 60 patients to nearby hospitals in the area.

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A South African has just launched an Afrikaans Wordle called Wortel

We are so excited! A South African Software developer Francois Botha has put together and hosted an Afrikaans version of word game sensation Wordle, which he has dubbed “Wortel”.

Wordle is a browser-based game that has taken the world by storm and been bought by the New York Times Company.

The game is a word guessing game based on the mechanics of the board game Mastermind.

Players have six chances to guess a five-letter word. The game indicates whether letters have been correctly guessed and whether letters are in the correct position.

Click here for more details about this version of the game.

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