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: 663,282 ; DEATHS: 16,118

Gauteng Health receives R322m in PPE donations

As the ANC in Gauteng mulls over the fate of health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku, his department has lauded stakeholders who ...

Cape Town couple in their 90s beat Covid-19, get rousing send-off from ...

Neville Adams, 91, and his 90-year-old wife Iris were discharged from the Netcare N1 City Hospital in Cape Town ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

PODCAST | When bad science puts lives at risk

It started with a flawed trial and the next minute, a drug called hydroxychloroquine was doing the rounds on Twitter ...

By Tanya Farber

'Eventually we will open up, but we can’t do it all at once': Fikile ...

Restrictions on international travel for business, leisure and other travel with effect from October 1

Digital law expert has no privacy concerns about state's Covid Alert SA app

Social media law expert Emma Sadleir has allayed fears over privacy concerns related to government's Covid Alert SA app.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Liquor regulations, planned protests & human ...

Police minister Bheki Cele expressed concern about liquor outlets which violate lockdown regulations by hosting illegal ...

SA passes 16,000 Covid-19 deaths

South Africa passed yet another grim Covid-19 milestone on Tuesday, as more than 16,000 deaths have now been confirmed ...

By TimesLIVE

US surpasses grim milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000 on Tuesday, by the far the ...

By Reuters

Bheki Cele 'disturbed' by liquor outlets disregarding lockdown laws

Police minister Bheki Cele says he is shocked and disgusted by the blatant disregard of lockdown rules by some liquor ...

WATCH LIVE | Bheki Cele on law enforcement during level 1

Police minister Bheki Cele and police management will on Tuesday brief the media on law enforcement during level 1 of ...

By TimesLIVE

Corruption Watch sees whistle-blower reports ...

Bribery, brutality and abuse of power are some of the key trends uncovered within the police service in the latest ...

Counsellors sent to Eastern Cape school where 102 pupils got Covid-19

The department of education has sent a team of counsellors to support the Ethembeni Secondary School community in ...

By Sivenathi Gosa

Rand falls again on Covid-19 fears and promise of more billions for SAA

The rand weakened again early on Tuesday after a sharp plunge in the previous session when fears of a second wave of ...

By Mfuneko Toyana

Corruption Watch 'deeply troubled' by trends in school and health sectors

Corruption Watch says there are “deeply troubling” trends of corruption at schools and within the health-care sector in ...

Tuesday is deadline for no-penalty renewal of car licences that expired ...

Tuesday is the deadline for the renewal of motor vehicle licence discs that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | 'Will level 1 lead to a second wave?': ...

Monday marks the beginning of alert level 1 for SA after months of hard lockdown.

By TimesLIVE

Court rules it's not a must for Post Office to pay retirement ...

The post office retirement fund has failed in its court bid to force the SA Post Office (Sapo) to continue making ...

Covid-19 death toll stands at 15,953

Thirteen more fatalities related to Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday, bringing the death toll related to the pandemic ...

Covid-19 lawbreakers in Indonesia forced to dig graves as punishment

Law enforcement officials in East Java, Indonesia, have introduced grave digging as one of the punishments applied to ...

FREE TO READ | Airports drop-kick drivers to levels two, three and four of ...

No longer being allowed to enter an airport to see off family or friends is bad enough.

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

All eyes on Covid travel list as tourism awaits ...

The US, the UK, France, Brazil and India - these are some of the countries that could be barred from sending travellers ...

By Caiphus Kgosana and Paul Ash

Did SA get it right when tackling the coronavirus pandemic?

The ministerial advisory committee chair said he was “deeply disappointed” at the behaviour of security forces tasked ...

By Sunday Times Reporters

Mystery of 'staggering' PPE error

The Gauteng business owner linked to an R800m personal protective equipment (PPE) tender says he was shocked when he ...

Sibongakonke Shoba
Politics editor: Sunday Times

Medical waste piles up at Pretoria Covid ward amid payment row with ...

A medical waste contractor temporarily suspended services at 32 clinics and hospitals across Gauteng last month over a ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Spain's Covid-19 surge pushes SA into ninth position on global table

A surge in Covid-19 cases means Spain has pushed SA to ninth in the table of nations with the most confirmed infections.

By TimesLIVE

Travelling within all African countries allowed ...

International travel within all African countries will be allowed under lockdown level 1, co-operative governance & ...

Evictions and demolitions still not allowed — unless the court says so

Under lockdown alert level 1, people may not be evicted from their land, home or have their place of residence ...

International travel from October 1 — but not to countries with high ...

International travel will be allowed from October 1, to and from all countries. But there will be a schedule that ...

By TimesLIVE

Tribunal stops Eastern Cape health department's R10m scooter contract

The Special Tribunal on Friday granted an order interdicting the Eastern Cape health department from further ...

By Ernest Mabuza

90-minute British DnaNudge Covid-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds

A British Covid-19 test known as DnaNudge which gives results in just over an hour and does not require laboratory ...

By Reuters

Covid-19 deaths at 15,772 in SA, experts issue ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday evening that 15,772 people had succumbed to Covid-19 related illness in SA

By TimesLIVE

Rich countries bulk-buying Covid-19 vaccines poses threat to the rest of us

Local public health experts have raised concerns about the bulk-buying of potential Covid-19 vaccines by rich nations, ...

Western Cape gears up for overseas flights and return of tourists

The first international flights to Cape Town since SA went into lockdown in March are expected to arrive on October 1.

Aron Hyman
Reporter

Zweli Mkhize launches strategy to protect health workers

Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday launched a strategy to protect the health and safety of health workers, during ...

'It’s been long': how life is slowly easing back to 'normal' in Zimbabwe

Life in Zimbabwe is gradually reverting to how it was pre-lockdown, as the economy opens up.

By Lenin Ndebele

SA reopens 'after the storm' as Covid-19 cases ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that Covid-19 recoveries in SA now stand at 584,195 - which ...

By TimesLIVE

Cyril has a plan to save the economy, but you can’t see it yet

There’s a new blueprint to revitalise a Covid-battered SA, says the president.

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor

SA's jarring ride through five lockdown levels

South Africans have endured a fearful, vexing, at times bewildering and undeniably bumpy ride through a maze of ...

WATCH | In case you missed it, SA is moving to lockdown level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that SA will be moving to lockdown alert level 1 from Sunday.

By Deepa Kesa

Excess deaths head up again, but it could be ‘random fluctuation’

The announcement of level 1 lockdown coincided with an uptick in excess deaths linked directly or indirectly to the ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Scores of Sassa beneficiaries in the dark about ...

Four months after the Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant for unemployed individuals was announced, scores ...

Solidarity Fund lists what R2bn was spent on

The Covid-19 Solidarity Fund said it had approved more than R2bn to be spent on interventions and projects across three ...

By Iavan Pijoos

IEC in a race to hold 111 by-elections delayed by Covid-19 before February

The Independent Electoral Commission is in a race against time to ensure it holds at least 111 by-elections across the ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

Wits University resumes vaccinating in Oxford Covid-19 trial after scare

Wits University has resumed vaccinating in the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial also underway in the UK, Brazil and the US.

By TimesLIVE

Artists decry lack of relief in lockdown, demand stimulus for industry

An alliance of cultural and creative sector activists on Wednesday protested at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, ...

Cyril Ramaphosa to announce SA's move to level ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tell the nation on Wednesday night that he is moving the country to Level 1 of the ...

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis

Covid-19: Why a vaccine may offer better immunity than an infection

The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought “herd immunity” to the public consciousness, kindling hope the phenomenon ...

By Manas Sharma, Simon Scarr and Jane Wardell

At least 257 health-care workers have succumbed to Covid-19 in SA: Mkhize

Out of the more than 15,000 Covid-19 fatalities in SA to date, at least 257 have been health-care workers.

By TimesLIVE

How Covid-19 turned out to be good news for rhinos

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought an unexpected benefit to rhinos and other wildlife - a decrease in poaching during ...

By Ernest Mabuza

SA hospitality industry welcomes UK ruling declaring insurers liable for ...

Insurance Claims Africa has welcomed a UK high court ruling declaring that insurers are liable for Covid-19 business ...


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