Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

28 July 2021 - 06:15 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 2,391,223; DEATHS: 70,388

SA-born billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong aims his ...

South African-born US biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is backing a Covid-19 vaccine candidate that he sees as ...

By Janice Kew and Antony Sguazzin

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Will drinking alcohol affect how well ...

Dr Hillary Mukudu warned people to steer away from consuming alcohol during the vaccination period.

R350 social relief grant mired in challenges despite its benefits, says ...

The Black Sash said it began monitoring the Covid-19 social relief grant application and distribution process with its ...

7,700 Covid-19 cases, 370 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded 7,773 new Covid-19 cases and 370 deaths in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

Focus on Covid-19 spells trouble for childhood vaccinations

The decline in jabs for minors could open the door to more outbreaks, warn experts

Tumble in Covid cases surprises newly free Brits

But the prime minister is not celebrating just yet

By Emily Ashton

Growing pains: Moderna ramps up its child vaccine trial

Side effects from the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines among the young population have raised alarms

By Robert Langreth and Riley Griffin

And now the good news — ‘a drink a day keeps the heart at play’

People with heart disease may not need to stop drinking to prevent further illness, say UK researchers

By Dania Nadeem

Expand Covid arsenal or be stuck with unused jabs and a whole lot of ...

As poorer countries receive more jabs, distribution and demand may pose bigger bottlenecks than supply

By Bloomberg editors

About 50 junior doctors still not placed

The government is finally, albeit slowly, placing intern doctors in hospitals.

Prisons strained as arrested ‘looters’ test ...

Many suspects arrested during the recent looting are testing positive for Covid-19 in prison, correctional services ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Eligible for the R350 grant? You have to reapply from scratch

People who are eligible to receive the R350 Covid-19 social relief of distress grant are required to start the ...

Threatened with dismissal or eviction for refusing Covid-19 jab? The SAHRC ...

The SA Human Rights Commission wants people who have been threatened with losing their jobs or rented accommodation for ...

Are our hospitals really ready for another surge in Covid admissions?

‘I pray we don’t see what we experienced in January ever again’, says Limpopo doctor

SA hits 70,000 Covid-19 deaths, with 243 fatalities recorded in 24 hours

SA hit another devastating Covid-19 milestone on Monday night, with more than 70,000 fatalities recorded since the ...

By TimesLIVE

‘Gauteng is over the worst’: Protest-fuelled ...

Gauteng is not likely to see a jump in Covid-19 cases and deaths after the recent looting and civil unrest, says Prof ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Mixed AstraZeneca-Pfizer shot boosts Covid-19 antibody level, study finds

A mixed vaccination of first AstraZeneca and then a Pfizer Covid-19 shot boosted neutralising antibody levels by six ...

By Sangmi Cha

Covid-19 in children: the South African experience and the way forward

In SA there is a case for the expedited vaccination of children with underlying conditions and older teens and ...

By The Conversation

Aspen to start J&J Covid-19 vaccine supplies to SA from Monday

SA's Aspen Pharmacare will supply the first batch of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to the country on Monday.

By Promit Mukherjee

Pupils will be vaccinated if health department gives order and parents ...

The basic education minister says her department would need to get parental consent to facilitate the vaccination ...

Vaccine doors to be opened to those aged 18 and ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa promises that there will be sufficient supply of Covid-19 vaccines until the end of the year.

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

IN FULL | President Cyril Ramaphosa moves SA back to level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday moved SA back to alert level 3. This means that alcohol sales will be allowed, ...

By TimesLIVE

Curfew eased, booze back on sale and small gatherings allowed as SA moves ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday moved SA back to alert level 3, meaning that alcohol sales will be allowed, ...

SA records 9,700 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded 9,718 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Sunday.

By TimesLIVE

Some Americans could need Covid-19 vaccine booster — Fauci

Top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that Americans who are immune compromised may end up ...

By Reuters

Curfew eased, booze back on sale and small ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday moved SA back to alert level 3, meaning that alcohol sales will be allowed, ...

RECORDED | Ramaphosa to address SA at 8.30pm on Sunday

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address SA at 8.30pm on Sunday, the presidency said.

By TimesLIVE

Level 3 loading: Ramaphosa likely to lift booze ban, ease restrictions ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to move the county to alert level 3, lifting the ban on alcohol and allowing for ...

Easing of lockdown restrictions on the cards

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to ease some lockdown restrictions and announce economic assistance for ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

Covid-19 vaccine milestone achieved but there’s still much to do

SA is swimming hard and fast to reach Covid-19 herd immunity but our efforts are being haunted by our late dive off the ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA scientists to contribute to global Covid-19 ...

It’s a mystery that has plagued the world since Covid-19 first struck: why do some people end up gasping for air in ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA's Covid-19 vaccine rollout catching up with ‘best in the world’

Three months ago, SA’s vaccination drive looked headed for disaster. After a slow start, the rollout has reached about ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Protesters against Covid-19 restrictions clash with police in Paris

Anti-vaccination protesters and other demonstrators against Covid-19 restrictions in France clashed with the police in ...

By Reuters

Gauteng Education set to reduce distancing in schools

In a bid to accommodate up to 40 pupils in a classroom in primary schools, the Gauteng education department has told ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

KZN waits to see if Covid-19 spread with rioting

As the country watched mayhem erupt in KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago, the pandemic was almost forgotten.

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Please lift ban: Travel and alcohol are our ...

The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) has called on the government to lift the alcohol sales ban and restrictions ...

Protesters against Covid-19 restrictions clash with police in Paris

Anti-vaccination protesters and other demonstrators against Covid-19 restrictions in France clashed with the police in ...

By Reuters

Second chance for 33,539 teachers who would be out of work because of ...

The basic education department has spent R2.4bn to save teachers' jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Children facing ‘catastrophic future’ after disruptions to school calendar

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says children face a possible catastrophic future after losing two years of ...

‘We are ready’: Motshekga says school restart hinges on Ramaphosa family ...

Schools are still expected to reopen on Monday, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said on Saturday.

By TimesLIVE

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COVID-19: WHAT IS IT
COVID-19: WHAT IS IT
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RECORDED | Ramaphosa addresses the nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Sunday night, the presidency has confirmed.

By TimesLIVE

Open up takeaway alcohol sales, liquor body asks Ramaphosa ahead of ...

The Liquor Traders Association has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to lift some of the restrictions, ...

By TimesLIVE

Tokyo 2020 CEO says Tokyo Olympics will create model for pandemic Games

The Tokyo Olympics will provide a model for hosting the Games during a pandemic after rising Covid-19 infections forced ...

By Reuters

'The govt has blood on its hands': State blamed for 'ineptitude' on ...

The government's "total ineptitude" has come under fire from one of SA's most eminent vaccine and infectious diseases ...

By TANYA FARBER, CLAIRE KEETON and GRAEME HOSKEN

More of level 4 expected as experts predict 'case rates will overwhelm ...

Record Covid-19 infections driven by the rampant Delta variant mean the level 4 lockdown is likely to be extended when ...

By CLAIRE KEETON, PREGA GOVENDER and TANYA FARBER
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