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Second Covid-19 wave coming? No clarity, no information as Abdool Karim and the MAC go to ground

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
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The story: The country is in the dark over what advice the new ministerial advisory committee (MAC), suddenly appointed by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in September, has offered the government, while its chairperson, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, is also out of sight. 

Why it matters: There are fears that South Africa could be facing a resurgence of Covid-19 in the coming months and concern in medical and epidemiological circles that an uptick in infections in the Eastern Cape recently could increase pressure on a stretched health system in the province.  

New MAC: The previous MAC, with Abdool Karim at the forefront, was intimately involved in the government's response. The new MAC, however, does not seem to be as engaged as their predecessors. 

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