Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

17 March 2020 - 09:39 By TimesLIVE

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*CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 781,941; DEATHS: 21,378

3,370 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Friday, ...

SA recorded 3,370 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, the health ministry announced.

By TimesLIVE

Alarming 117% increase in Covid-19 cases on ...

Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the Western Cape's Garden Route area, with a recorded 117% increase in new ...

Five Covid-19 patients killed in Indian hospital fire

Five patients were killed in India on Friday in a fire that broke out in a Covid-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel ...

By Reuters

Smaller family Christmas gatherings in store this year

Family time and less travel. That's the forecast for the festive season this year.

Mutations not 'making Covid-19 spread more rapidly', new study finds

Researchers however, said we "need to remain vigilant and continue monitoring new mutations, particularly as vaccines ...

By Kate Kelland

Once Australia's Covid-19 hotspot, Victoria goes 28 days without an ...

Australia's second-largest state, Victoria, once the country's Covid-19 hotspot, said on Friday it has gone 28 days ...

By Reuters

Gout drug Colchicine to be tested as Covid-19 ...

Anti-inflammatory colchicine will be tested as a possible Covid-19 treatment in one of the world's biggest trials, the ...

By Reuters

AstraZeneca 'likely' to run a new global trial of its Covid-19 vaccine: ...

AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its Covid-19 vaccine using a lower ...

By Sabahatjahan Contractor and Alistair Smout

Covid-19 infections in Germany surpass one million

The number of Covid-19 infections in Germany surpassed the one million mark and the daily death toll hit a record of ...

By Reuters

South Korea braces for bed shortages as coronavirus cases near nine-month ...

South Korea reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Friday, a level unseen in ...

By Reuters

Covid-19 and 2021 local government elections: No mail-in ballots but ...

How will you cast your vote in next year's election if there is still a pandemic? Here's how it will work.

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will not take ...

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday evening that he will not take a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in ...

By Reuters

Covid-19 restrictions possible until March - German official

Germany might have to extend measures to dampen the coronavirus pandemic into March, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief ...

By Reuters

AFU freezes R111m from businessman who claimed TERS for 6,600 people ... ...

In October Thabo Abel Simbini, through his business Impossible Services (Pty) Ltd, made the devastating revelation ...

By TimesLIVE

Disney to layoff about 32,000 workers in first half of 2021

Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it would layoff 32,000 workers, primarily at its theme parks, an increase from the ...

By Reuters

Old Mutual becomes latest insurer to lose a Covid-19 case in court

Another insurance company has failed to defend its decision not to pay a client for losses incurred due to the Covid-19 ...

By TimesLIVE

Zweli Mkhize hints at tightened Covid-19 lockdown ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says local lockdown restrictions will be discussed for Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern ...

By TimesLIVE

Fat Cactus pierces insurer's defences in another Covid-19 case

Guardrisk, the insurer that was the first to lose a Covid-19 business interruption case in the Cape Town high court, ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Over-60s in Johannesburg wanted for Covid-19 vaccine trials

With more than half of SA's Covid-19 deaths being people older than 60, scientists are asking Joburg residents in this ...

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19: Long queues are spreading the disease, warn health officials

People are still having to queue for hours, and sometimes all night, for social grants or documents from the department ...

By Joseph Chirume, Mkhuseli Sizani, Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Thamsanqa Mbovane

Ignoring Covid ban, traditional leaders tell parents to plan for ...

The impasse between traditional leaders and government over reopening initiation schools nationally ramped up on ...

SA records 3,250 Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths on ...

SA recorded more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as the country deals with an apparently rising infection ...

By TimesLIVE

African ICUs have the world’s highest Covid death rate. Why?

Scarce resources and fewer critical care interventions contribute to mortality, new study finds

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

He’s a Covid-19 vaccine whizz, but has no place to call home

Scientist Nowras Rahhal is among the world’s 10 million stateless people, many of whom live on society’s fringes

By Emma Batha

Tokyo governor asks bars, restaurants to shut early amid Covid-19 spike

Bars and restaurants in Japan's capital of Tokyo will be asked to close early in a bid to halt coronavirus infections, ...

By Reuters

SA’s three big cities identified as possible sources of future pandemics

Study shows Cape Town, Durban and Joburg are ‘high risk’ cities that may be susceptible to future outbreaks

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

When will Covid-19 vaccines become available? And ...

Pfizer Inc with partner BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc have released trial data showing their Covid-19 vaccines to be ...

By Carl O'Donnell and Julie Steenhuysen

'Little benefit' in using Covid survivors' plasma to treat hospitalised ...

Using blood plasma from Covid-19 survivors to treat patients with severe pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus ...

By Vishwadha Chander

'We can't afford another ban': Beer body wants you to slow down on the ...

The Beer Association of SA calls for responsible drinking and trading ahead of Black Friday.

Covid-19: SA to pay R500m for access to vaccines to protect population

SA is going with the COVAX global Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme, with a committed purchase for 10% of its ...

By Reuters

Traditional leaders want deputy minister sacked over ban on initiations

Tension is brewing between cooperative governance minister Obed Bapela and Contralesa over the traditional summer ...


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