Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

29 March 2022 - 13:30
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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 3,731,247 ; DEATHS: 100,096

330,000 people yet to collect R350 Covid-19 ...

Almost 330,000 people eligible for assistance during the first cycle of the social relief of distress (SRD) grant have ...

By TImesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How can I claim from the Covid-19 ...

Anyone who has suffered a serious Covid-19 injury, or the dependent of a deceased person whose death was caused by the ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

US House Speaker Pelosi tests positive for Covid-19

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for Covid-19, but is not currently experiencing any symptoms, her ...

By Billy House

Shanghai widens Covid-19 testing as other Chinese cities impose curbs

Shanghai on Friday announced a record 21,000 new cases and a third consecutive day of Covid testing as a lockdown of ...

By Reuters

More than two-thirds of Africans infected by Covid-19 since pandemic began ...

With routine diagnostic testing in Africa focused on travellers and people who present at hospitals with symptoms, ...

By James Macharia Chege and Estelle Shirbon

UK police issue first 20 fines over lockdown ...

British police said on Tuesday they would be recommending an initial 20 fixed penalty notices are issued over breaches ...

By Kylie MacLellan

EXPLAINER | Omicron 'stealth' Covid variant BA.2 now dominant globally

A sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of coronavirus known as BA.2 is now dominant worldwide, ...

By Jennifer Rigby and Julie Steenhuysen

Jobless rate at record as work seekers’ ranks grow

While 262,000 jobs were created in the fourth quarter after the scrapping of almost all coronavirus curbs and economic ...

By Monique Vanek and S'thembile Cele

Moderna’s Covid-19 booster shot will be offered to SA health workers

Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine will be offered as a booster to some SA health workers, who received either one or ...

By Antony Sguazzin

Singapore's restaurants and bars are being flooded with reservations

Restaurants and bars in Singapore are seeing reservations jump after the government announced it would allow larger ...

By Faris Mokhtar and Kyunghee Park

It's confirmed, exercise does reduce your chance ...

The findings were that physical activity was associated with fewer hospitalisations.

Group of DRC refugees has left SA and voluntarily returned home

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday welcomed the voluntary repatriation of 49 refugees from the ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

PSL exco meeting on crowds adjourned, decision expected on Tuesday

The Premier Soccer League's executive committee meeting on Monday on whether to allow crowds back in stadiums was ...

By Marc Strydom

ActionSA's Bongani Baloyi responds to calls for minister Motsoaledi's ...

"One of the beauties of living in a democratic state is freedom of speech. They have the right to protest and express ...

As exco meets on Monday, some clubs fear PSL will not open stadiums yet

To the consternation of some clubs, a Premier Soccer League executive committee meeting on Monday is apparently not ...

By Marc Strydom

Tesla’s Musk says he has ‘supposedly’ tested ...

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk said on Monday he had "supposedly" tested positive for Covid-19, with no major symptoms.

By Reuters

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How are Covid-19 and flu viruses ...

As winter approaches, Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, head of operations at Bonitas medical fund, has explained the similarities ...

SA records 989 new Covid-19 cases

SA recorded 989 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 to 48 hours.

By TImes LIVE

Israeli PM Bennett tests positive for Covid-19

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tested positive for Covid-19 but feels well and will work while ...

By Jeffrey Heller

Tesla to suspend production at Shanghai plant during Covid-19 curbs

Tesla Inc plans to suspend production at its Shanghai plant for at least one day as the local government intensifies ...

By Bloomberg News

'Governments let us down'- Scientists lash ...

Scientists remain highly regarded for their role in combating Covid-19 but politicians have egg on their faces after a ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Loss of parents ‘will haunt thousands of Covid orphans forever’

Child health experts say a pandemic of orphanhood caused by Covid-19 will haunt SA for years to come.

Hand sanitisers sold in Johannesburg contained traces of toxic ingredients

A new study has revealed that many hand sanitiser brands sold in Johannesburg in the early stages of the Covid-19 ...

Prof Salim Abdool Karim reiterates calls for mandatory Covid-19 vaccines

"We have confusing signals from government about whether there should be vaccine mandates or not," said Prof Salim ...

Lindiwe Sisulu says government dealt with the pandemic ‘excellently’

Sisulu said the discovery of the Omicron variant, which was dominant in the fourth wave of infections, proved to be a ...

It’s two years later — scientists lash out at ...

A group of top scientific minds in the country have lashed out at government’s draft regulations on the management of ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Tourism industry elated about scrapping PCR tests for inbound travellers

Tourism authorities are buoyed by President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the PCR test requirement will be ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Tourism minister welcomes scrapping of PCR tests for travellers visiting ...

The tourism ministry has welcomed government’s decision to scrap PCR tests for people visiting the country.

By Nomahlubi Sonjica

Political parties give mixed reviews on updated regulations

While the IFP welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Tuesday announcement of a further relaxation of the adjusted ...

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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