Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

17 March 2020 - 09:39
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*CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 1,380,807 ; DEATHS: 39,501

We're halfway there: Experts say SA has acquired ...

SA has acquired roughly half the vaccine it needs for the country to hit its target of achieving herd immunity against ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Join me in prayer, first lady asks Zimbabwean ...

Zimbabwe's first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has invited women in her country to join her for three days of prayer and ...

By Sharon Mazingaizo

Black market alcohol takes a dive due to 'Janu-worry', rise in Covid-19 ...

With the rise in Covid-19 cases, more police visibility and “Janu-worry” blues, alcohol sales in the illicit market ...

SA records nearly 650 Covid-19 deaths and more than 11,000 new cases

SA recorded nearly 650 new Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, as the country fast approached the 40,000 ...

By TimesLIVE

A dose of facts: your questions about the Covid vaccine answered

After months of research and a year of waiting, the reality of a COVID-19 vaccine has finally dawned

By Sanet Oberholzer

Pebetsi Matlaila opens up about how being 'preggy during a pandemic' has ...

'...our current living restrictions [being a Preggy during a Pandemic] forces one to play it safe'

By Masego Seemela

New Zealand’s delayed vaccine rollout threatens ...

The government has been accused of complacency as health experts warn of fast-spreading strains

By Jamie Smyth

There’s reality, then there’s science fiction, say experts of Covid ...

Scientists are imploring people to fact-check and stop sharing fake news about vaccines

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

No time to waste: Africa is ready for vaccine rollout, says top health ...

There’s also a huge need for oxygen as Africa’s fatality rate edges above the global rate in the second wave

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Biovac to distribute vaccines to SA health-care workers: Treasury letter

SA pharmaceutical company Biovac Institute has been contracted by the government to import, store and distribute ...

By Reuters

Private hospital group opens temporary units for Covid surge

Private hospital group Netcare has opened temporary facilities in three provinces to manage increasing numbers of ...

By TimesLIVE

IN PICTURES | Jackson Mthembu's life remembered

Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu died of Covid-19 related complications on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

OBITUARY | Jackson Mthembu, the ANC's voice of a political era

During some of the most crucial years of the ANC's existence, Jackson Mthembu was the voice of the ruling party and a ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

'We have lost a really important person in our lives': Jesse Duarte leads ...

“I am struggling to process that he is gone, but he is gone ... Our brother is gone and he is not going to come back.”

By Amanda Khoza and Kgothatso Madisa

'Hamba kahle, Mkhonto': Mzansi mourns the death of minister Jackson Mthembu

"Another moment in our endless grieving journey."

Kyle Zeeman
Senior entertainment reporter

Minister Jackson Mthembu dies of Covid-related complications

Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of Covid-19 related complications.

KZN bids an emotional farewell to transport MEC ...

Flags flew at half mast in KwaZulu-Natal for the second day, when transport, community safety and liaison MEC Bheki ...

By Mluleki Mdletshe

Lockdown drives property sales with gardens and 'me space' in demand, says ...

“The SA residential property market has boomed in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

By TimesLIVE

More soldiers have been deployed to enforce Covid regulations: What you ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the deployment of 2,122 soldiers will preserve life, health and property.

Africa's Covid-19 death rate now higher than global rate

Africa's coronavirus case fatality rate stands at 2.5%, higher than the global level of 2.2% - a trend that is alarming ...

By Reuters

Dlamini-Zuma fails to respond to AfriForum, Solidarity on vaccine plan

AfriForum and Solidarity say they are proceeding with their legal challenge against Cogta minister Nkosazana ...

SA to pay big premium for AstraZeneca Covid-19 ...

SA will pay $5.25 per dose for Covid-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India (SII) — well above what others, ...

By Reuters

Heineken SA to cut jobs, put investments on hold

More than 165,000 people in the industry have lost their jobs since lockdowns started at the end of March.

By Reuters

Sassa says it has no money to extend the temporary disability grant

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has told parliament that it does not have the money to reinstate and extend the ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

Mabuza's leadership on the vaccine rollout does not inspire confidence, ...

Herman Mashaba says David Mabuza is the "wrong man" if SA wants to get something done.

China to impose virus testing on Lunar New Year travellers, cases rising

China plans to impose strict Covid testing requirements during the Lunar New Year holiday season, when tens of millions ...

By Reuters

'If I don’t make it, I love you all': Mom of ...

She will never share a mother and daughter bond. She will never get see her child smile, cry, or hear the words ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

'Our people have suffered enough': Gauteng legislature worried as ...

Gauteng-based athletes have endured months of struggle, seemingly without help from the provincial government. They say ...

Tokyo Games may be too big a gamble, disease expert says

As embattled Tokyo Olympics organisers enter the final six months of preparations for the delayed Games on Saturday, ...

By Reuters

SA records 12,710 new Covid-19 cases and 566 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 12,710 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, after two consecutive days of fewer than 10,000 new ...

By TimesLIVE

Social media hype over unproven Ivermectin is irresponsible — experts

South Africans might be desperate to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, but this does not mean scientific rigour will be ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Private schools can open even if public schools ...

Private and independent schools were well within their rights to resume their academic year, even while public schools ...

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist

Allow alcohol sales 4 days a week from outlets, use curfew for on-site ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde is offering suggestions how to allow for a controlled reopening of the economy under ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

Covid-19 shots to cost $3 to $10 under AU vaccine plan

African countries will pay between $3 (R45) and $10 (R150) per vaccine dose to access 270 million Covid-19 shots ...

By David Lewis and Alexander Winning

Pfizer vaccine appears effective against coronavirus variant found in ...

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is likely to protect against a more infectious variant of the ...

By Ludwig Burger

Lower-income countries fall behind in race for vaccines

Dose shortages risk prolonging pandemic for years, experts warn

By Jonathan Wheatley

'Unbothered' and 'clueless': SA reacts to David ...

David Mabuza is simply not the right man for the job, says DA shadow minister of health Siviwe Gwarube.

India, 'pharmacy of the world', starts Covid vaccine exports

India started exporting coronavirus shots on Wednesday with a shipment to the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, ...

By Reuters

High-dosage blood thinners may harm critically ill Covid-19 patients, ...

The department says there is no data available yet to review the findings.

DJ Sox worried about Covid-19 vaccine-related politics: How are we ...

"We must just produce our own vaccine that we can trust..." DJ Sox said.

Chrizelda Kekana
Entertainment reporter

Covid-19 vaccine shots add to confusion over China's tests for travellers

A coronavirus antibody test that China has made mandatory for arriving travellers has provoked concerns over its ...

By Reuters

Nasrec field hospital to be used to ease pressure ...

The Nasrec field hospital will be used to ease the pressure in Gauteng as the province continues to see an increase in ...

POLL | Would you consider making online schooling permanent?

With most schools in SA set to reopen in mid-February, independent schools such as Curro have announced plans to move ...

The new Covid strain plaguing SA: seven pressing questions answered

Is the new Covid-19 variant, 501Y.V2, more deadly? Will existing vaccines work against it? We asked an expert from the ...

Sanet Oberholzer
Lifestyle writer

Mask-wearing linked to reduced Covid-19 transmission, study suggests

Mask-wearing is associated with better control of Covid-19 transmission in communities, a new study published in 'The ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Biden leads observance of America's 400,000 Covid-19 dead on eve of ...

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday led a national memorial observance on the eve of his inauguration to honour the ...

By Reuters

Restaurants lay bare their realities in SAB's ...

Popular Johannesburg eatery The Local Grill will be unable to keep its doors open beyond the end of January if the ...

By Franny Rabkin

SA records 839 new Covid-19 deaths, with health dept saying figure was due ...

SA recorded its highest ever daily Covid-19 death total, with the health department saying this was due to "data ...

By TimesLIVE

Medaids ponder how to price vaccines so non-members get them too

Schemes under pressure to vaccinate as many people as possible while ensuring there is enough money to buy doses

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

EDITORIAL | Beyond saving lives, health workers keep contact alive

Despite all the grim stats and deaths there is a ray of humaneness, thanks to individuals who go beyond their call of ...

Saints alive! Private schools get bust by department for staying open

St Jeff College in Braamfontein is one of two schools who defied the Gauteng education department directive

Prega Govender
Journalist

The alcohol ban is working as planned, says ...

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that the suspension of alcohol sales has helped in the fight against ...

Western Cape on downward trend after second Covid peak

It’s official: the Western Cape has come off the peak of the Covid-19 second wave, with most indicators such as ...

David Mabuza to lead inter-ministerial committee on vaccines

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed his deputy, David Mabuza, to lead the inter-ministerial committee that will ...

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist

All primary school pupils can return on February 15, but secondary schools ...

Primary schools can allow all pupils to return to school daily from February 15, provided that health and safety ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

From back-to-school delays to online learning - here's how we got here

The department of basic education delayed reopening schools by two weeks to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Dispute in Covid-19 relief grant queue leaves one ...

A dispute over securing a place in a queue for the Covid-19 relief grant resulted in one person being killed and two ...

Latest deployment of soldiers costing SA R95m for just a month

The latest deployment of soldiers in SA streets for about a month under level 3 of the lockdown regulations will cost ...

Covid-19 in numbers: Get the latest figures

Your one place to get daily updates on coronavirus in SA.

By TimesLIVE

Eskom operations 'disrupted' as 48 contractors test positive for Covid-19

The power utility says Covid-19 has affected its operations at the Medupi power station, where 48 of 75 contractors ...

Back-to-school stress on the rise

Whether your child is starting grade 1 or matric, Covid-19 has already messed up “back to school” for pupils across SA.

By Gillian McAinsh

Fewer than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases recorded in ...

For the first time since December 29, SA recorded fewer than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period.

By TimesLIVE

Everything we know about 501.V2, the new Covid-19 variant identified in SA

SA has more cases and deaths than anything we saw on any day during the first wave, says Prof Abdool Karim

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

EBRAHIM HARVEY | Why chief justice Mogoeng was out of line on Covid-19 ...

How dare he use Covid-19 to promote his warped ideas and speak on behalf of Christians? It is time for him to go

By Ebrahim Harvey

Too early to celebrate, but Covid cases 'may be starting to decline': ...

For the first time in a number of weeks, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize shared some good news in the country's fight ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

Leave the Covid corpses to undertakers, minister implores families

Zweli Mkhize warns that families preparing their loved ones’ bodies for burial could result in the spread of Covid-19

By Mluleki Mdletshe

Lesufi lays down the law as Curro moves to online ...

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for the postponement of schooling to be gazetted

Another Gauteng matric exam marker dies from Covid-19

A second matric exam marker from Jeppe High School for Boys marking centre in Gauteng has died from Covid-19.

Orrin Singh
Reporter

KZN probes claim that deaths at a hospital were caused by load-shedding

The KwaZulu-Natal health department is investigating allegations that recent patient deaths at one hospital could be ...

By Mluleki Mdletshe

WATCH | In numbers: India begins world’s largest vaccination drive against ...

Nearly 200,000 people were vaccinated in India on the first day of the world’s largest vaccination drive against ...

By Reuters

Covid leaves trail of devastation at SA's TVET colleges

'If we identify that there is a rapid increase, in particularly institutions or campuses, of infections, we will close ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

If you react badly to the vaccine, will the ...

The government is tight-lipped about liability discussions with drug companies, saying NDAs are in place

By Bobby Jordan and Zimasa Matiwane

Should politicians be among the first to get the Covid-19 vaccine? ...

Phumzile Van Damme said politicians are at low risk due to their economic privilege.

DA leader John Steenhuisen threatens legal action over vaccine rollout ...

The opposition DA is threatening to take President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government to court if they fail to give ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

Seven matric markers die of Covid, 308 test positive while ‘serving the ...

Nearly 2,500 of 45,388 markers withdrew, with fear of contracting Covid-19 among their reasons

Prega Govender
Journalist

Here's how to pay for Covid-19 vaccine without hiking tax: Economists

Government should raise funds by other means, such as selling some of the state-owned enterprises, before considering ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

SA's Catholic Church mourns loss of Archbishop ...

Covid-19 has claimed the life of the Catholic Church's archbishop coadjutor of the archdiocese of Durban, Abel Gabuza.

This is how SA scientists plan to fight the new Covid variant

Globally there are over 20 variants of the virus, with experts expecting a third surge in SA in June

By Graeme Hosken and Paul Ash

‘Our fridges are full’: undertakers are the forgotten front-line workers

Last responders battle to cope with both the extra workload and the emotional strain of the huge rise in Covid deaths

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

A school’s a school whether you like it or not, says DBE on reopening

Curro schools will remain open as ‘nothing to the contrary has been gazetted’, but department begs to differ

Prega Govender
Journalist

Coronavirus second wave surges across Africa

Mildly hit the first time round, the continent’s death rate has now overtaken the global average

By Neil Munshi, Joseph Cotterill and Andres Schipani

Covid-19 vaccine prep targets looting

Vaccine process to be centralised in effort to prevent a repeat of vast PPE corruption.

By ZIMASA MATIWANE and AMANDA KHOZA

Tributes pour in for MRP Home pioneer Yanni Vosloo

The visionary merchandise director will always be remembered for his contribution to SA design

By Staff reporter

New Covid-19 wave’s tsunami of grief

More than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths were recorded between Monday and Saturday this week, with daily deaths stats smashing ...

By Alex Patrick, Mpumzi Zuzile and Aron Hyman

Newborn twins lose mom to Covid-19

Throughout her pregnancy, Rozaan November was excited to meet the twins she was carrying.

Distress of dying woman goes viral as Covid-19 overwhelms hospital

Rowena Hawkey’s family were home praying for her recovery, unaware that the 69-year-old was dead and that a video of ...

By Nivashni Nair

Insurers' shameful Covid end game

How much longer are we expected to survive this war ofattrition?

By DON SCOTT

KATHERINE PRIEBATSCH BAXTER | The terror of Covid-19

Twelve days in ICU, further treatment in a renal ward and approximately three months of home-care recuperation.

By Katherine Priebatsch Baxter

Rami Chuene thankful for 'small mercy' of virtual funerals: It brings some ...

Burying loved ones during Covid-19 times is hard for friends and families

Chrizelda Kekana
Entertainment reporter

ATM hygiene safety: Banks ask for practicality on Dlamini-Zuma regulation

70% of SA's 30,000 ATMs are situated in remote locations and on premises that are not owned by banks, so compelling ...

By TimesLIVE

Dlamini-Zuma set to file response to vaccine challenge by Wednesday

AfriForum and Solidarity say co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has until ...


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