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Cape Town | On 12 March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. To date there are over 380 000 cases of COVID-19 with South Africa recording 402 cases. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) as the custodian of research for health is engaging the Department of Science and Innovation and South African Health Products Regulatory Authority on measures to address the coronavirus pandemic.