Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

04 March 2021 - 08:57 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 1,516,262 ; DEATHS: 50,366

Biden says 'big mistake' for states to lift mask mandates given virus toll

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said decisions to end the required wearing of masks — such as those by governors of ...

By Reuters

UPDATE | Police release details of fake Covid-19 vaccine bust at Gauteng ...

International policing authority Interpol on Wednesday said South African authorities had seized hundreds of fake ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

English Covid-19 prevalence dropping at slower rate, study finds

The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England has dropped since January, but the rate of decline has slowed and ...

By Reuters

WATCH | Doctor who treated Gauteng’s patient zero ...

Dr Jarrod Zamperini was in high spirits and said he felt "great" after receiving the life-saving jab.

Texas governor lifts state's mask mandate, business restrictions

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the most sweeping rollback of coronavirus restrictions of any US state on Tuesday, ...

By Reuters

South Korea probing two deaths after AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine

South Korean authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating the deaths of two people after a media report said ...

By Reuters

People infected with Covid variant have protection from reinfection - ...

Scientists have discovered that those infected with 501Y.V2 have a level of protection from previous and current ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Interim UK study finds one dose of Covid shots reduces hospitalisation

One dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech's or AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine helps to prevent disease severe enough to ...

By Reuters

Kenya hails first vaccines as 'bazookas' against ...

Kenya welcomed the arrival of over a million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday in its first batch ...

By Reuters

South Korea probing two deaths after AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine

South Korean authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating the deaths of two people after a media report said ...

By Reuters

Sarkozy 'ready to sue France' before European court to prove innocence

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday he was ready to go all the way to the European Court of Human ...

By Reuters

WATCH | Dolly Parton sings new version of ‘Jolene’ as she receives Moderna ...

Country legend Dolly Parton received the Moderna vaccine and repurposed the lyrics of one of her most famous songs to ...

By Busang Senne

First private sector vaccine site for Covid opens in Western Cape

SA’s first private sector vaccination site opened in the Western Cape on Tuesday as the province vaccinated its ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

SA records 194 deaths and 856 new Covid-19 ...

SA on Tuesday saw a second consecutive day of fewer than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, with 856 new infections recorded.

By TimesLIVE

Ghana kicks off coronavirus vaccination campaign with Covax shots

Ghana launched its coronavirus vaccination drive on Tuesday after receiving 600,000 AstraZeneca doses from the global ...

By Reuters

Contagious Brazil Covid-19 variant evades immunity, scientists warn

A highly transmissible Covid-19 variant that emerged in Brazil and has now been found in at least 20 countries can ...

By Reuters

DAVID ISAACSON | What harm is there in giving SA Olympic athletes the jab ...

Giving 355 vaccine doses to Team SA members now can’t really be construed as jumping the queue

David Isaacson
Sports reporter

EDITORIAL | Court applications aside, the vaccine rollout must be ramped up

Health DG labels AfriForum and Solidarity’s success in court over vaccine procurement as speculative, rhetorical

Pharmacists add their voices to ivermectin ...

A group of pharmacists have joined the legal chorus seeking to get blanket approval for the use of ivermectin, ...

By Tania Broughton

David Mabuza gives thumbs up to vaccine cold-storage facility

Deputy President David Mabuza has given the Biovac Institute, where the county's Covid-19 vaccines are being stored, ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Covax to deliver 237 million vaccine doses to 142 nations by end of May

The Covax vaccine-sharing programme said on Tuesday it will deliver 237 million doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 shot to ...

By Reuters

Woman dies from brain haemorrhage in Japan days after vaccine, but link ...

A Japanese woman in her 60s died from a brain haemorrhage three days after receiving a Pfizer coronavirus vaccination, ...

By Reuters

Nigeria takes delivery of its first Covid-19 vaccines

Nigeria received its first Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday to kick off an inoculation programme in Africa's most populous ...

By Reuters

Government ‘admits’ private sector may purchase ...

There is legal certainty that the private sector may purchase and distribute vaccines.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Covid variants likely to cause ‘potential fourth surge of cases’ in the ...

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed concern about the country's latest Covid-19 ...

By TimesLIVE

Fraudsters offer 1 billion Covid-19 doses across EU

Dubious intermediaries have offered governments across the EU about 1 billion non-existent Covid-19 vaccine doses worth ...

By Reuters

Level 1 lockdown: here is what can get you fined or arrested

Dlamini-Zuma has stressed that several acts of defiance under level 1 can still result in offences and penalties.

Premier Alan Winde urges residents not to be complacent under level 1: ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde said outdoor events under level 1 will be the income generators in the province.

Another grim Covid-19 milestone as Mkhize ...

More than 50,000 people have died in SA from Covid-19 related illnesses, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

IEC welcomes level 1 restrictions, saying it readies everyone for local ...

The Electoral Commission of SA on Monday welcomed the decision to move the country to lockdown level 1, saying this ...

By TimesLIVE

Europe’s AstraZeneca stockpile mounts as citizens snub jab

Emmanuel Macron forced to extol its virtues after efficacy doubts and adverse publicity damped trust

By Leila Abboud in Paris and Daniel Dombey in Madrid

KZN locks down local holiday tourism, business and foreign travel not so ...

The province’s tourism body is trying to fuel the industry by reminding people what it has to offer

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Easing lockdown just before Easter could lead to earlier third wave, says ...

SA is likely to see the resurgence of Covid-19 infections towards May, according to Wits University professor of ...

Coronavirus infections rise for first time in ...

The number of new coronavirus infections globally rose last week for the first time in seven weeks, WHO ...

By Reuters

Finland declares state of emergency as Covid-19 cases rise

The Finnish government declared a state of emergency on Monday due to rising Covid-19 infections, a step that would ...

By Reuters

Teachers have similar levels of Covid-19 exposure to other jobs

Teachers are not at a higher risk of infection in their jobs than people in other professions, data released by ...

By Reuters

Amid scramble for Covid-19 vaccine, Latin America turns to Russia

As Bolivia struggled late last year to secure deals with large drug firms to supply Covid-19 vaccines, the incoming ...

By Reuters

Ivory Coast to launch first vaccination drive with COVAX shots

People began to queue early as the Ivory Coast prepared to become the first country to launch a Covid-19 inoculation ...

By Reuters

SA moves to Covid-19 alert level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that SA had "clearly emerged" from the second wave of coronavirus ...

Up to six cases of Manaus variant of coronavirus detected in UK

Up to six cases of the variant of coronavirus first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus have been detected in ...

By William Schomberg

Mexico's coronavirus tsar in hospital with Covid-19, as death toll nears ...

Mexico's coronavirus tsar has been hospitalised over the past five days for Covid-19 treatment but is recovering well, ...

By Reuters

SA just shy of 50,000 Covid-19 related deaths as 52 new fatalities recorded

SA recorded 1,168 new Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the country to the verge of a grim ...

By TimesLIVE

Level 1, yes, but third wave could crash down at any time, warns Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that South Africans should not discount the possibility of a third wave of ...

By Kgothatso Madisa and Amanda Khoza

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on February 1 2021 that SA will remain on adjusted lockdown alert level 3 but he said that many restrictions will be lifted. These include the ban on the sale of alcohol, restrictions on faith-based gatherings and a shortening of the curfew. Ramaphosa also elaborated on SA's vaccine progress after the first batch arrived in the country. #Covid19 #CovidSA #SALockdown Subscribe to MultimediaLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive Comment Moderation Policy: https://www.timeslive.co.za/comments/


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