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: 538,184; DEATHS: 9,604

'We're doing 20-something funerals a day': Small ...

Many smaller funeral parlours and providers are struggling to keep up with demand for their services as the death rate ...

By Nonkululeko Njilo and Shonisani Tshikalange

Guided and walking tours under lockdown level 3: what you need to know

Guided and walking tours are now fully legal. Tour operators need to follow certain procedures.

By Unathi Nkanjeni

EXPLAINER | Son reveals strain of arranging Covid-19 funeral

Mark Steenbok's dad died of Covid-19 over the weekend. He explains what it takes to arrange a funeral in the midst of a ...

By Iavan Pijoos

Coffin makers struggle to get a handle on rising demand

Coffin makers are frequently working 12-hour days just so they can keep up with soaring demand amid the Covid-19 ...

By Nonkululeko Njilo and Shonisani Tshikalange

'There is not a day that we are quiet': funeral parlours on soaring death ...

The surge in Covid-19 deaths has Gauteng’s state mortuaries and private funeral parlours under pressure as they battle ...

By Graeme Hosken

'Our ancestors will be furious': Covid-19 changes ...

Funerals are simply not the same any more, as the coronavirus upsets funeral rites across the country.

By Nonkululeko Njilo and Shonisani Tshikalange

WATCH | Health care workers at Joburg hospital get down to 'Jerusalema'

Healthcare workers from Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg have become the latest to join the ...

By Cebelihle Bhengu

Five months in, Covid-19 cases in SA now sit at 538,184

On March 5, the first Covid-19 case was recorded in SA. Just five months later, the total number of cases in the ...

By TimesLIVE

Don't wait — lift tobacco ban now, Tax Justice SA tells Ramaphosa

Tax Justice SA (TJSA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the tobacco ban, saying it was causing “misery” ...

By Nomahlubi Jordaan

New Covid-19 tender task team won't usurp powers of law enforcement: Lamola

Justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola has moved to allay fears that the new interministerial task ...

By Sthembile Cele

My family did not get any Covid-19 tenders: Zweli ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday denied that he or his family were awarded Covid-19 related tenders.

By Orrin Singh

Bad news for smokers and drinkers: Mkhize says bans to stay in place

National health minister Zweli Mkhize was the bearer of bad news for smokers and drinkers on Thursday when he said the ...

By Yasantha Naidoo and Orrin Singh

President Cyril Ramaphosa to name all companies involved in PPE tenders

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an interministerial committee to “deal with alleged corruption” linked to the ...

By Sthembile Cele

Medical association warns against do-it-yourself Covid-19 home care

The Islamic Medical Association of SA - which is driving Covid-19 home care - has issued a warning to the public not to ...

By Suthentira Govender

Breast is still best, even in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic

Dietitians say it's safe for Covid-19 positive mothers to breastfeed, but there are other options if one is worried.

Tobacco ban is to protect health-care system, ...

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma came out guns blazing on Thursday in her legal bid to keep cigarettes out of public reach during ...

By Philani Nombembe

Medical association warns against do-it-yourself Covid-19 home care

The Islamic Medical Association of SA - which is driving Covid-19 home care - has issued a warning to the public not to ...

By Suthentira Govender

'Lift booze ban in September, not now': DA's Makashule Gana

The DA's Makashule Gana says the ban on the sale of alcohol should not be lifted until the government is certain that ...

By Unathi Nkanjeni

WATCH | 'You are a liar': President Cyril Ramaphosa can't be trusted, says ...

Civil society organisation the Activists Movement of South Africa (AMSA) says Cyril Ramaphosa’s government cannot be ...

By Zimasa Matiwane

Health minister Zweli Mkhize justifies unused beds in KZN as 'investment' ...

While KwaZulu-Natal prepares for a peak in Covid-19 infections, being tipped as the next epicentre in the country, ...

By Orrin Singh

Firm claiming it can kill Covid-19 not that ...

A hygiene company that says it is "fogging good" at killing the coronavirus in buildings has been ordered to withdraw ...

By TimesLIVE

Iconic Joburg restaurant Casalinga shuts its doors after 30 years in ...

The closure of Casalinga Restaurant will leave about 10 employees jobless

By Cebelihle Bhengu

'I just pray that I don't have Covid-19': five-week wait for some test ...

Some people in the Eastern Cape have waited more than a month for their Covid-19 test results, with some even returning ...

By Mfundo Piliso

WATCH LIVE | BATSA butts heads with government in court over cigarettes ban

British American Tobacco SA is in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday arguing against the cigarettes sales ban ...

By TIMESLIVE

FDA lets NeuroRx, Relief Therapeutics test RLF-100 in Covid-19 patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted NeuroRx Inc Investigational New Drug (IND) permission to test RLF-100 ...

By Reuters

No need for total alcohol ban, farming ...

The Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai) and nine wine farms and associations are heading to the Pretoria high court ...

By ERNEST MABUZA

Covid-19: 414 new deaths, 8,686 new cases recorded in past 24 hours

SA has recorded another day of relatively low new Covid-19 infections, with 8,686 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

Health department passes buck on 'outrageous markup' for hospital beds

The Gauteng health department has distanced itself from allegations it paid R13,000 each for steel beds at the Nasrec ...

By Nomahlubi Jordaan

Excess deaths leap by another 5,782 but graphs finally take a downward turn

Excess deaths have risen by 5,728 in the latest weekly report by the Medical Research Council. Only 1,889 people ...

By Dave Chambers

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