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Time to push panic button on TB as Covid retreats, say worried experts

Doctors are alarmed at the drop in testing, while WHO estimates 36,750 people will die of TB in SA this year

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When Zolani Manzini developed a dry cough in June, his first thought was that he had Covid-19. But his test was negative.

It was only in the first week of September that the 70-year-old grandfather and diabetic from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape had a tuberculosis test, after almost three months of coughing and weight loss.

“On my first visit, the clinic was closed because several staff members tested positive for Covid-19. On one of my visits to the clinic I couldn’t really wait in queue due to heavy rain, as we sat outside to allow social distancing,” said Manzini...

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