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Health services are facing their biggest test ever

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Nurses on duty at the isolation unit of Tygerberg Hospital. Picture: Gallo Images

It is a source of comfort that so many organisations are stepping up to fill the gaps where the vulnerable are likely to fall through.

It is 6am and a queue of patients spanning half-a-block is lined up outside Discovery Clinic, a public health facility along Goldman Street near Florida in Johannesburg. New protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus means people had to enter the clinic in smaller groups after sanitising their hands. A line of cars snakes through the streets to gain access from the parking lot. Much like the anxiety-laden shopping sprees witnessed at shopping centres in more affluent parts of town, people in these lines are worried about how this coronavirus outbreak could restrict their access…

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