Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

13 April 2021 - 06:25 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 1,559,113 ; DEATHS: 53,356

Vaccine advisory head hits back at ...

Prof Barry Schoub argues that rolling out the AZ vaccine in SA could ‘seriously damage the fragile public trust’

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Infections rise while fees must fall: varsities ...

Universities are forced to change tack as Covid-19 infections surge among students and staff

Prega Govender
Journalist

655 new Covid-19 cases, 34 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 655 new Covid-19 cases and 34 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot

Botswana is investigating the deaths of two among thousands of people who had been given doses of AstraZeneca's ...

By Reuters

Coronavirus pandemic 'a long way from over', WHO's Tedros says

Confusion and complacency in addressing Covid-19 means the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought ...

By Silke Koltrowitz and Stephanie Nebehay

South Africa extends Covid-19 loan scheme deadline by three months

South Africa has extended by a further three months the deadline of a loan scheme that is central to efforts to counter ...

By Mfuneko Toyana

KZN education department concludes probe into overcrowded matric 'boot ...

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education has concluded an investigation into why dozens of matric pupils were crammed ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

No hot air: nothing stops the spread of Covid-19 ...

Relax when outdoors, say experts, with Irish analysis revealing that only one in 1,000 infections is acquired outside

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

German company in the pink with smart Covid eye-scan test

The examination, which takes minutes, uses a photo of the eye taken with a smartphone and ‘identifies the virus’

By Claudia Doerries

Prof fires broadside at experts who called for AstraZeneca rollout in SA

It would also be a mistake to “divert precious resources, such as human vaccinator resources” and fuel the “global ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

WATCH | Bheki Cele slams maskless residents in Covid-19 settlement after ...

Police minister Bheki Cele and an entourage of officers walked 4km through a new Cape Town informal settlement called ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist

Investment in digital economy key to SA's economic recovery: Ramaphosa

In a short time, SA has propelled itself from a relatively unknown destination for offshore customer service delivery ...

Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku loses ...

Gauteng's former health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has lost his bid to overturn a report suggesting he had not done enough ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

'I'm so excited' — England reopens with pints pulled, shopping sprees and ...

People queued up outside retailers across England on Monday to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a ...

By Reuters

New Zealand's Ardern says border workers must take Covid-19 vaccine after ...

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that people working at the borders must be vaccinated by the ...

By Reuters

Covid-19: Low risk for third wave in SA - AI powered algorithm predicts

Amid fears of the possibility of the country experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, models show there is a ...

By TimesLIVE

SA variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says

The coronavirus variant discovered in SA may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to ...

By Reuters

SA variant may evade protection from Pfizer ...

The coronavirus variant discovered in SA may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to ...

By Reuters

Cape Town shisanyama reignites despite Covid-19 dousing the flames

With help from Diageo SA, Sindile Kama and many others in the hospitality industry are turning things around

Orrin Singh
Reporter

DR GUGU NGUBANE | Buy-in to solidarity is key to successful vaccine rollout

The task is mammoth and to get it done requires a decisive, fast, coordinated effort and wide support

By Dr Gugu Ngubane

China considering mixing Covid-19 vaccines to boost protection rate

China's top disease control official has said the country is formally considering mixing Covid-19 vaccines, as a way of ...

By Reuters

S.Korea to resume wider use of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, exclude ...

South Korean authorities said on Sunday they will move ahead with a coronavirus vaccination drive this week, after ...

By Josh Smith

‘Dr Sindi was love’: Torrent of tributes after ...

Tributes flowed rapidly on Saturday after the family of Dr Sindi van Zyl said she had died two months after being ...

By TimesLIVE

SA records more than 1,200 new Covid-19 cases, 53 deaths in 24 hours

Mkhize said 288,368 health workers had received their Covid-19 vaccinations by 6.30pm on Friday, which means that 4,739 ...

By TimesLIVE

Norway prime minister fined by police over Covid-19 rules violation

Norwegian police said on Friday they have fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for breaking Covid-19 social distancing ...

By Reuters

SA probing Covid-19 'harm compensation' and vaccine passports: Mkhize

SA is considering a "no-fault compensation fund" and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports, health minister Dr ...

Moderna vaccine antibodies last at least 6 months; lung transplant can ...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find ...

By Nancy Lapid, Marilynn Larkin, Megan Brooks and Ronnie Cohen

SA passes 10-million mark for number of Covid-19 ...

SA recorded 756 more Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, as well as 79 deaths.

By TimesLIVE

Working from home or working the system?

Many South Africans in a global study say they want to work from home after the pandemic, but this could be tricky

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Brazil detects first case of South African variant as Covid-19 deaths soar

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a ...

By Pedro Fonseca

Britons spend more on golf and picnics as Covid-19 rules relax

British consumers ramped up their spending on golf, picnics and other newly permitted outdoor activities last week as ...

By Reuters

Pandemic shows SA urgently needs universal health care: Zweli Mkhize

One of the glaring lessons highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic is the urgent need for universal health coverage to ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

EXPLAINER | Ivermectin is legal — now what?

If you have a script from a doctor, you should be able to get ivermectin that same day, or the next day at the latest, ...

By Tania Broughton

Nigeria to limit first doses of AstraZeneca due to supply concerns

Nigeria has directed its 36 states and federal capital territory to stop giving first doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 ...

By Libby George

Merkel backs tougher Covid-19 lockdown in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel supports demands for a short, tough lockdown in Germany to curb the spread of the coronavirus, ...

By Reuters

Malnourished South Africans may be hit hardest by third wave, warns ...

Millions of malnourished South Africans may suffer severe illness if a third wave of Covid-19 infections hits SA ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Stage set for 'rapid expansion' of SA's vaccination programme, says Mkhize

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday that the deal to bring in 20 million Pfizer vaccines had been ...

By TimesLIVE

New Covid-19 variants have changed the game, ...

Each time the virus replicates, there is an opportunity for a mutation to occur — and as we are already seeing around ...

By The Conversation

SA signs deal for 20 million Pfizer Covid-19 doses

SA has signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc for 20 million dual-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses, a government official told ...

By Reuters

Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 3 million amid new infections ...

Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide crossed 3 million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the latest global ...

By Reuters

#GiftSindiLife: More than R1m raised to fund Dr Sindi van Zyl’s medical ...

The popular doctor has been admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for more than a month after contracting Covid-19.

Australia short of 3 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses in blow to ...

Australia on Tuesday said it had not yet received more than 3 million doses of previously promised AstraZeneca Covid-19 ...

By Reuters

Covid-19 indicators spike in KwaNobuhle

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality's public health department has warned of a possible Covid-19 flare-up in KwaNobuhle ...

By Guy Rogers

Africa needs $12bn for vaccines to interrupt Covid-19 transmission -World ...

The World Bank estimates that Africa would need about $12 billion for Covid-19 vaccines and their distribution to ...

By Reuters

Bold Boris in bid to boost Covid testing as he sets about reopening UK

The prime minister’s staggered plan comes on the back of a twice-a-week testing drive and months-long lockdown

By Kate Holton

Humans are playing Russian roulette with global public safety

China has banned trade in wildlife for human consumption, but medicinal wildlife farms are still allowed to operate

By David Stanway

Bangladesh ferry sinks, five dead, many missing

A Bangladesh ferry carrying around 50 passengers collided with a cargo vessel and sank on Sunday in the Shitalakhsyaa ...

By Reuters

Archbishop Makgoba slams government for 'poisoned ...

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba used his Easter sermon in Cape Town on Saturday to lob missives against the ...

By TimesLIVE

Tributes for 'giant leader' Dr Frank Mdlalose

The first premier of KwaZulu-Natal, IFP veteran Dr Frank Mdlalose, has died of Covid-19, the party announced on ...

US puts J & J in charge of plant that botched Covid vaccine, removes ...

The US has put Johnson and Johnson in charge of a plant that ruined 15 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine and has ...

By Reuters

India's Tendulkar hospitalised a week after contracting Covid-19

India batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday he has been admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure after ...

By Reuters

ANALYSIS | Why you should still care about the AstraZeneca vaccine

SA's one million AstraZeneca doses have already been redistributed to 16 African countries, who received them eagerly ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

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