Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

24 September 2021 - 13:40 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA:  2,892,081 ; DEATHS: 86,655

More than 48,000 commented on this campaign about ...

More than 48,000 South Africans have weighed in on the issue of vaccinations in the workplace, in schools and vaccine ...

Africa's fight against Covid-19 in a 'critical' ...

The next three months will shape how the Covid-19 pandemic plays out in Africa, whose fight against the virus has been ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

200,000 people vaccinated in mining industry, as Covid-19 pushback ...

Minerals Council SA says it has reached a milestone of 200,000 employees and service providers vaccinated against ...

SA Covid-19 cases decreasing across all nine provinces

SA's national seven-day moving average of daily Covid-19 case numbers, positivity rate and testing rate continue to ...

By TIMESLIVE

'It is simply not justifiable': Alan Winde urges Ramaphosa to ease lockdown

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has called on the national government to move the province to lockdown alert level 1.

Melbourne anti-lockdown protests fizzle out as daily cases hit pandemic ...

Melbourne's streets were largely quiet on Thursday after three days of anti-lockdown protests, with hundreds of police ...

By Reuters

Families consider more loans as they 'struggle to ...

Most South Africans have a growing appetite for credit as their prospects decline due to the pandemic- with only 3% of ...

Mandatory vaccinations closer to reality at UCT as senate gives backing

An overwhelming 83% of the UCT's senate voted to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory from next year - but the ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How do I know if I have 'long Covid'?

Patients with persistent Covid-19 symptoms should be examined by healthcare professionals who will rule out other ...

'Sustained downward trend': SA records 2,200 new Covid-19 cases and 160 ...

SA recorded 2,197 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours as the "sustained downward trend" in new infections ...

By TimesLIVE

Approved for the R350 grant? You can now collect your payment at Pick n ...

Beneficiaries of the R350 social relief of distress grant can collect their payment from Pick n Pay and Boxer stores ...

China sees new Covid-19 case as Harbin(ger) of ...

One case in northern city of Harbin closes venues, limits travel, with residents told not to leave

By bloomberg.com

Boarding call: SA cracks the nod to taxi onto US vaccinated travel list

The country will relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreigners in November

By David Shepardson and Andrea Shalal

Germans shocked by killing of cashier after Covid-19 mask row

German politicians expressed shock on Tuesday over the killing of a 20-year old petrol station worker after an argument ...

By Reuters

Lindiwe Sisulu welcomes Germany's decision to remove SA from Covid-19 ...

Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu says Germany’s decision to remove SA from its list of Covid-19 "high-risk" countries ...

Covid will likely shift from pandemic to endemic, but what does that mean?

The virus could vanish through public effort or go the way of the common cold, say scientists

By Lara Herrero and Eugene Madzokere

Covid-19 patient expected the worst but has been ...

Khabo Sithole has been pleasantly surprised by the top-class treatment she is receiving at Clairwood Hospital.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

SA records 1,500 new Covid-19 cases, 42 deaths in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded just 1,504 Covid-19 cases and 42 deaths in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

Right to bodily integrity must be balanced with right to safe working ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa says while the government respects workers' right to bodily integrity when it comes to ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Are we vaccinating to reach herd ...

Prof Shabir Madhi says reaching herd immunity is not the reason for vaccinating people against Covid-19.

Pfizer-BioNTech data shows Covid-19 vaccine safe and protective in children

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their Covid-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in five to ...

By Michael Erman

Experts welcome Covid-19 jab for kids

Experts have welcomed the green light from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) for the ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Big African cities with international travel links worst hit by Covid-19

The countries thought to be at the highest risk from coronavirus had the lowest levels of restrictions and bans

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

'No reasonable basis' for UK to keep SA on travel red list, says Pandor

International relations and co-operation (Dirco) minister Naledi Pandor said on Sunday there was "no reasonable basis" ...

Covid-19: Booster shots nice to have, but not SA priority

Booster shots may offer over-60s an almost 20-fold increase in protection against severe Covid-19, research on fully ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI | Covid’s scythe has made ‘normal’ life a distant ...

During the course of a random chat with a friend the other day, I nonchalantly asked after a mutual acquaintance.

Data shows 98% of over-60s who died in Western ...

Data collected over a week during the peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Western Cape indicates ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

Eastern Cape exceeds the 1-million Covid-19 vaccination mark

More than a million people have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape, the provincial health ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

SA’s excess deaths: what is known and where the gaps are

Health department numbers reflect those known to have died and positive cases, but miss many fatalities

By Ina Skosana

US nears deal for 500-million Pfizer doses to donate to poorer countries

The news comes on the back of the country being criticised for hoarding jabs while less wealthy countries suffer

By Drew Armstrong and Josh Wingrove

BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI | Covid’s scythe has made ‘normal’ life a distant ...

During the course of a random chat with a friend the other day, I nonchalantly asked after a mutual acquaintance.

Vaccine passports and jabs for kids are on the ...

“Salons might say, 'no vaccinations, no weaves', but it will not be because it is a government rule,” health minister ...

By Dave Chambers

Dutch to introduce 'corona' pass despite strong opposition

The Netherlands will require proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test for entry to bars, ...

By Bart Meijer

Mandatory workplace jabs should weigh up operational needs and workers' ...

Employers who are considering implementing mandatory workplace vaccinations should balance operational requirements ...

No provinces record more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases as 'downward trend' ...

Just three provinces had more than 500 new cases in the past day.

By TimesLIVE

White House offers to talk to Minaj about vaccines

The White House is willing to set up a call for American rapper Nicki Minaj about the safety and effectiveness of the ...

By Steve Holland

These are the countries making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory

A growing number of countries are making jabs compulsory for public servants or travellers.

By Reuters

New parents hit by lockdown blues, UCT study finds

Phillips and colleagues found prevalence of probable depression in 63% of mothers and 29% of fathers. This is 33% ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What happens if I miss my appointment ...

"You will be given three opportunities - the original appointment plus two more appointments," says the government.

Thousands of Covid-like cases raise risk of future pandemics

New survey finds coronaviruses from animals may cause 400,000 infections a year

By Jason Gale

After long delay, Congo's Tshisekedi receives Covid-19 vaccine

Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, the government said on ...

By Hereward Holland

JONATHAN JANSEN | Get them jabbed and back on campus, for all our sakes

Higher education leaders must act quickly and decisively on vaccine mandate

Europe’s next economic test is delivering change, says Lagarde

ECB boss says economy is recovering, with the zone now needing to focus on disparities between north and south

By Carolynn Look

Staggering Covid costs: private or state care, ...

According to Discovery, the average amount involved for extremely ill patients exceeds R400,000

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

'Sustained downward trend' in Covid-19, says NICD, as 4,667 new cases ...

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases said on Wednesday that the number of new Covid-19 infections across the ...

By TimesLIVE

Lawyers called in over officials implicated in school sanitising scandal

Despite Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi promising 'heads will roll' within 23 hours, the department has turned to ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

Treasury seeks more than R32bn to address impact of July unrest and ...

The National Treasury is asking parliament to consider approving a bill seeking urgent additional funding allocations ...

‘Irresponsible’ — Phumzile Van Damme calls out the DA for its stance on ...

"This sudden close to the election pandering to the anti-vax vote is harmful. It emboldens those who refuse vaccination ...

Human Rights Commission 'expects objections' to ...

“We are anticipating that we will receive complaints. How we intervene will depend on how the passport will be used,” ...

An investor’s guide to vaccines: inoculation set to be next pot of gold

What is at stake in this booming trade and who stands to benefit?

By Suzanne Woolley

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I’ve just been vaccinated, so why did I ...

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, "the vaccine will not cause a positive Covid-19 test ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Shots for two, please! Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should get jabs, ...

The panel of specialists also encouraged prospective mothers to get vaccinated

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Criminal charges for Dis-Chem staff over 'fraudulent' Covid-19 vaccination ...

Four temporary employees have been arrested and criminally charged relating to the incident.


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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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