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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 22 November 7 am

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In this bulletin:

# Health minister Joe Phaahla hopes to avoid a harsh lockdown
# Sanef is concerned about the lack of consistent engagements with government
# And in tennis, Alexander Zverev has claimed his second ATP Finals title

# The minister of Health Joe Phaahla is urging South Africans to get vaccinated before the expected Covid-19 fourth wave hits. Speaking to eNCA, Phaahla says the current trend of low vaccination numbers is worrying. Phaahla is of the optimistic view that the fourth wave might be less devastating:

Play sound: ENG Joe Phaahla

Phaahla says we should do our part to contain the virus to avoid harsh lockdowns:

Play sound: ENG Phaahla lockdown

# The South African National Editors’ Forum says it is concerned by the lack of consistent engagements by the Presidency with the media. It says when president Cyril Ramaphosa came into office, they proposed that there should be a quarterly engagement with the media. Sanef says in a country dealing with multiple crises including Covid-19, a struggling economy, policy uncertainty, unanswered questions around the recent looting, citizens deserve to hear about these and many other issues from the head of state.

# UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, says the issue of bias within medical devices has been ducked for far too long. He has ordered a review into systemic racism and bias in medical devices, procedures, and textbooks. He says medical devices, such as oximeters, may have caused unnecessary deaths from Covid-19. A study published last year indicated that black people were twice as likely as white people to catch the virus. Javid says the possibility that a bias could lead to a poorer health outcome is totally unacceptable.

# Tennis: Germany’s Alexander Zverev captured his second ATP Finals title after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in Turin, Italy. The 24-year-old fired seven aces and hit 22 winners on his way to a 6-4, 6-4, victory in 75-minutes. With his victory, Zverev has become just the fourth player in the tournament’s history to earn semifinal and final wins over the top two ranked players in the world. He has now earned a tour-leading 59 victories this season.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-72-cents and the euro at 17-rand-73-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-12-cents and Bitcoin trades at 57-thousand-290-dollar-7-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-846-dollars-83-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 78-dollars-85-cents a barrel.

# Finally: The minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will lead a two-day jointly organised summit with the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities in Benoni, Ekurhuleni today. The event aims to develop a clear implementation plan relating to the next steps in inclusive education improvement. This is as learners with disabilities continue to drop out of the formal education system at an alarming rate. The summit’s theme is “Accelerating Inclusive Education: Leaving No Learner Behind.”

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