Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

26 January 2022 - 09:16 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 3,585,888 ; DEATHS: 94,397

Ramaphosa authorises release of SIU report into ...

After an 18-month investigation, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday authorised the release of the final report of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How should I dispose of my mask to ...

The Western Cape health department says there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 from used ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

R54m masks purchase lands Cape education officials in hot water

Three senior Western Cape education officials are under investigation over a R54m contract to supply cloth face masks.

By TIMESLIVE

Cape Town’s Covid-19 camp for homeless ‘incurred R42m irregular spending’

More than R42m spent to rent marquees for a controversial camp for homeless people in Cape Town has been declared ...

By TIMESLIVE

SA records 3,200 new Covid-19 cases, 132 deaths in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded just fewer than 3,200 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

SA records 1,330 new Covid-19 cases, 88 deaths in ...

In total, there have been 3,582,691 laboratory-confirmed cases since the outbreak of the virus in March 2020, and ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | My child has an underlying health ...

The WHO says the return of children with underlying conditions should be done cautiously to ensure they are not exposed ...

‘Covid-19 vaccination is safe, does not affect women’s bodies negatively’ ...

Medical and scientific bodies have called for the Commission for Gender Equality to withdraw its warning against ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Former Free State MEC Butana Komphela dies after Covid-19 hospital ...

Family spokesperson Mangaliso Alexander Xaba said Khompela had been admitted to hospital more than a month ago for ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Criminals target health department vaccination teams

Five men held up a Tshwane vaccination team at gunpoint on Friday, the same day Gauteng emergency service workers held ...

By TimesLIVE

SUE DE GROOT | If you do anything, do it for love

Disagreement turns to tragedy when any person on either side of the vaccine wall rejoices at the death of an adversary, ...

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

World Bank loan is a shot in the arm for SA’s Covid efforts

R11bn low-interest loan spells welcome reinforcements for the government’s R500bn fiscal relief package and will boost ...

Dineo Faku
Senior Reporter

Medicine deliveries the future after Covid-19 proves their worth: UCT ...

When Covid-19 hit SA and stigmatisation was at its peak, many healthcare workers were shunned in their communities due ...

Experts warn against quick ending of Covid state of disaster

The end of the Covid state of disaster was flagged on Wednesday by President Cyril Ramaphosa but experts told the ...

By AMANDA KHOZA and TANYA FARBER

Covid-19 complications give SA steel sector a shot in the arm

The South African steel sector may not be shooting the lights out, but it is in its best position in at least a decade ...

Nick Wilson
Senior reporter

Children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with ...

A study has found that children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with Covid-19 are dying at a rate far greater than ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Omicron vaccine is all well and good, but the real money is on an ...

Researchers look for alternative strategy as variant-specific vaccines seem doomed to play perpetual catch-up

By Lisa Jarvis

Toyota curbs production in Japan as Covid-19 spreads among workers

Toyota Motor Corp is slowing production at as many as 12 plants in Japan because of rising Covid-19 infections among ...

By Reuters

Win big ... but you only stand a chance in this lottery if you’re vaxxed

Austrian government to support its vaccine mandate with a lottery and will reward high-performing municipalities

By Marton Eder

Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city knocks on doors with Covid-19 shots

In Zimbabwe’s second city, government medical staff are going door-to-door with Covid-19 vaccines in a bid to boost a ...

By Ray Ndlovu

When can SA expect to enter Covid-19 fifth wave? ...

SA is likely to enter the fifth wave of Covid-19 infections in May or sooner, says health minister Joe Phaahla.

Government gets R11.4bn World Bank loan to bolster Covid-19 recovery ...

The loan is intended to protect the poor and support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Wendell Roelf

End in sight for rotational school classes, education DG says

The full return to schooling for all pupils every day could be on the cards, basic education department ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

A divided nation: Western Australia stays shut as Covid-19 deaths mount in ...

Australia will remain a divided nation, with the vast mining state of Western Australia cancelling plans to reopen its ...

By Wayne Cole

Malema calls for no masks and opening stadiums for 'vaccinated and ...

EFF leader Julius Malema took his call for the government to open stadiums to the office of sports minister Nathi ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

SA records nearly 4,000 new Covid-19 cases, 139 ...

SA recorded just less than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, statistics from the NICD revealed on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

Children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with Covid-19 dying at a ...

A study has found that children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with Covid-19 are dying at a rate far greater than ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do children and teens need booster ...

There is no evidence that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses against Covid-19.

Australia court rules minister acted rationally in cancelling Djokovic's ...

An Australian court said on Thursday it dismissed tennis superstar Novak Djokovic's challenge to his visa cancellation ...

By Reuters

Hong Kong to shut secondary schools from Monday over Covid fears

Hong Kong will suspend face-to-face teaching in secondary schools from Monday until after the approaching Lunar New ...

By Twinnie Siu and Edmond Ng

SA confirms 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, 156 deaths ...

Gauteng recorded more than 1,000 of SA's 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, the NICD reported on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

Jabs and jobs: local vaccine-making facility will ‘employ hundreds’

Patrick Soon-Shiong says R4bn will be invested in the project, with another R100m for education and training

Wealth tax would solve the vax problem – and a lot of other ones too

It could cover social grants and healthcare for poor countries and lift about 2-billion people out of poverty

By Asad Zulfiqar

Luxury brands fashion good results as demand surges to pre-Covid levels

Prada, Richemont and Burberry are among brands raking in dosh as cooped-up consumers spoil themselves

By Reuters and Bloomberg

Booster shot may not defend against reinfection with Omicron: study

Other research finds aircrafts’ wastewater is a useful source of data for Covid-19

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Coronavirus command council looking at dropping ...

SA is reconsidering the national state of disaster as the rate of Covid-19 infections dip, President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

Covid blues is making employers see red as they battle to find workers

In the UK, more than 400,000 people dropped out of work between February 2020 and November last year

By Philip Aldrick

Hong Kong's Covid-19 hamster cull sparks fear of owners abandoning pets

A mass hamster cull in Hong Kong sparked fears among animal welfare groups on Wednesday that panicky people would ...

By Jessie Pang

Water crisis looms for tsunami-hit Tonga; New Zealand help on the way

Two New Zealand navy vessels will arrive in Tonga on Friday carrying critical water supplies for the Pacific island ...

By Praveen Menon, Kirsty Needham, Tom Westbrook and Karen Lema and Jane Wardel

Even a fourth Pfizer jab not enough to stop Omicron infection, says study

But the vaccine raised antibody levels and those infected in the trial had only slight symptoms or none at all

By Daniel Avis

Covid-19 infected lions prompt variant warning in ...

Lions and pumas at a zoo in the South African capital of Pretoria got severe Covid-19 from asymptomatic zoo handlers, ...

By Antony Sguazzin and Renee Bonorchis

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital ...

Australia suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic on Tuesday as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push up ...

By Renju Jose

Get the shot or your pocket will take a bullet, ballies

Elderly Greeks could be fined R1,800 a month if they do not get vaccinated, with the money going to hospitals

By Paul Tugwell

Did Novak Djokovic really pose a health risk in Australia?

No. But the government has risked stoking fears it needs to dampen and eroded its case for a strategy change

By Therese Raphael

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

The tennis player’s visa troubles have fuelled global debate over the rights of people who decline to get vaccinated

By Jane Wardell and Loren Elliott

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Has government ...

Health minister Joe Phaahla said announcements regarding mandatory vaccinations will be made in due time as the ...

EDITORIAL | As the state of disaster nears two years, it’s time for a ...

Well intentioned it may be, but the state is going to have to start moving away from this unsustainable legislation

Work anywhere and commute by plane, Yahoo tells Japan employees

Yahoo Japan is telling its 8,000 employees they can work anywhere in the country -- and even be flown into work when ...

By Lily Nonomiya

Will 2022 be the year in which Covid becomes endemic?

Some countries think so, but experts say we will still have to be vigilant and there’s ‘no reason to sound the ...

By Naomi Kresge and Tim Loh

Life insurers brace for more pandemic pain after claims jump

A Covid pandemic that lasts five years and another pandemic in a decade are among scenarios life insurers are ...

By Reuters

These are the groups worst hit financially by the ...

A researcher at the University of the Western Cape has developed what he says is an improved version of the ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Novak Djokovic flies out of Australia after losing court appeal

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic flew out of Australia on Sunday after a court upheld the government's decision to ...

By Reuters

LISTEN | Can't shake your Covid-19 symptoms? Here's why

Long Covid cannot be formally diagnosed and there is no way of telling who will suffer from the ailment.

By PAIGE MULLER

SA's total Covid-related deaths reach 93,117

The total number of recorded Covid-19 related fatalities in SA climbed to 93,117 with an additional 128 deaths reported ...

By TIMESLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do I have malaria or Covid-19?

Here's how to differentiate between malaria and Covid-19.

Study suggests Omicron less severe even for ...

Unvaccinated people infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus may be less prone to severe illness and ...

By Tim Cocks

Festive season hampered Covid-19 vaccination drive: Joe Phaahla

The government’s vaccination programme suffered during the festive season. Many were focused on leisure and spending ...

By Nomahlubi Sonjica

Covid-19 fourth wave — here’s where we are with vaccinations, ...

Health minister Joe Phaahla says Covid-19 vaccination numbers remain low and the department did not see the expected ...

J&J booster 85% effective against hospitalisation by Omicron for 1-2 ...

A Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine booster shot is 85% effective in protecting against being hospitalised by the ...

By Tim Cocks

Here’s why the EFF rejected Cape Town City Hall as Sona venue

EFF deputy president and chief whip Floyd Shivambu said the venue, which will only accommodate 300 MPs, was a ...

Gauteng has exited fourth wave of Covid-19: ...

Health minister Joe Phaahla says Gauteng has exited the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.

By Nomahlubi Sonjica

Over a million Indians to gather beside Ganges, defying Covid-19 surge

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river on Friday for a holy ...

By Reuters

Western Cape education MEC calls for scrapping of social distancing rule

Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer has called for the scrapping of the one-metre social distancing rule in ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

Africa CDC talking to Pfizer about importing Covid-19 treatment pill

Africa's top public health body is in talks with Pfizer about bringing in supplies of its antiviral Paxlovid treatment ...

By Alexander Winning and James Macharia Chege

New numbers should add up to the end of the Covid-19 disaster: Winde

Western Cape premier bases optimism on research showing Omicron’s reduced rates of hospitalisation or death

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Covid-19 pneumonia deaths sharply down in fourth ...

A comparison of Covid-19-related deaths in the third and fourth waves of the pandemic has confirmed that the virus ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

‘Condom approach’ should apply to Covid-19 vaccines: Julius Malema

People have been told to use condoms to protect themselves against HIV/Aids but many never heeded the call and were not ...

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist

Covid-19 study to assess Pfizer, J&J suitability for HIV infected

A Covid-19 vaccine trial in SA will assess the safety and impact of varying doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer shots ...

By Antony Sguazzin

JONATHAN JANSEN | Hey, Angie, get those kids fully and safely to school

Stop rotational schooling, ensure people are vaxxed and masked, and that all schools are provided with PPE

WATCH | Malema says EFF 'will picket at Mthethwa's office' to demand fans ...

EFF supporters are going to stage a picket outside the office of sports minister Nathi Mthethwa in Pretoria next ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

Taxi industry finally accepts Covid-19 relief ...

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says R1.135bn in relief funding will be shared by about 137,000 minibus, 25,000 meter ...

By Luyolo Mkentane

'Heartfelt apologies': UK PM Boris Johnson admits attending lockdown party

Prime minister Boris Johnson apologised on Wednesday for attending a "bring your own booze" gathering at his official ...

By William James and Kylie MacLellan

From social distancing to vaccinations — here are five key things to know ...

The minister said regulations will remain in place to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and teachers and minimise ...

UK acted unlawfully with 'VIP lane' for lucrative Covid-19 PPE contracts

The British government acted unlawfully by setting up a fast-track "VIP lane" to allow ministers and officials to ...

By Andrew MacAskill

Canada’s Quebec province proposes special tax for unvaccinated people

Quebec, Canada's second most populous province, is planning to force adults refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ...

By Reuters

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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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