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: 719,714 ; DEATHS: 19,111 

Europe must be more efficient with Covid policies ...

The situation in Europe, where coronavirus infections are surging, is "serious and alarming" and the bloc must be more ...

By Reuters

Gauteng health boss in charge of Covid-19 ...

Kgati Malebana, 46, was part of the provincial Covid-19 response team. His death on Tuesday came as a shock, said ...

Government urged to keep supplying food parcels as 'pandemic fatigue' grows

Seventy percent of adults polled in a survey say the government should continue to provide food parcels to hungry ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

6,140 state officials fraudulently scored R41m from Covid-19 relief ...

'Processes were clearly deliberately overlooked or circumvented for purposes of paying out these monies fraudulently,' ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

President Ramaphosa self-quarantines after dinner guest gets Covid-19

A charity event with just 35 guests has pushed President Cyril Ramaphosa into self-quarantine because one of the guests ...

By TimesLIVE

'Peer management' needed to enforce wearing of masks, says Prof Glenda Gray

South Africans have to “peer manage” each other into wearing face masks in public, says the president of the SA Medical ...

SA records 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 ...

SA recorded about 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

Political parties lambaste ANC 'hyenas' over Covid-19 corruption

Political parties have slammed the ruling ANC and its handling of Covid-19 relief funds, which were allegedly looted by ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

I'm the scapegoat, says former Gauteng health CFO over PPE scandal

Former Gauteng health CFO Kabelo Lehloenya says she is being made a scapegoat for the corruption allegations related to ...

By Franny Rabkin

Cyril Ramaphosa dismisses lockdown talk, will address SA next week

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he will be addressing the country next week, but there is 'no need to be ...

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor

Much at stake as Lions await crucial Covid-19 test results ahead of ...

The Lions are sweating on the results of their latest Covid-19 tests‚ which were conducted on Tuesday.

By Liam Del Carme

Just 891 new Covid-19 cases recorded in past 24 ...

SA recorded 891 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 716,759.

By TimesLIVE

Fear not, kids, Santa Claus is coming to town, despite Covid-19

Interactive toys are dominating this year, with economists predicting things will be better than people think

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

The Covid ‘fog’ that won’t clear: what it does to the brain

Parkinson’s, psychosis and numerous strokes are among the serious effects found in recovered patients

By Harry de Quetteville

Ramaphosa to speak on GBV, Covid-19 fraud and ANC trip to Zim on Tuesday

Gender-based violence hotspots, the ANC's controversial diplomatic trip to Zimbabwe and Covid-19 corruption will be up ...

By TimesLIVE

WSU in lockdown: All students to be confined after university Covid-19 ...

At least 26 Walter Sisulu University students from four different residences and one staff member have tested positive ...

By Luke Charter

PPE fraud findings 'simply garbage': former ...

The first casualty of the Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal in Gauteng, former health MEC Bandile ...

By FRANNY RABKIN and APHIWE DEKLERK

Covid-19: Pods allow safe visits to elderly during lockdown

Alison Vezasie grew accustomed to peering at her sister, Terry Gabin, through the fence of her elderly-care home during ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

'Red list' of banned countries plays havoc with tourism revival

The first thing Muriel Sadek noticed when she landed in Cape Town from Germany earlier this month was how quiet the ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

'You can’t drink with a mask on': Why party animals shun Covid regulations

Luxury-branded handbags and wristwatches were the order of the day at a packed Sandton nightspot this week. Missing was ...

By ALEX PATRICK, ORRIN SINGH, SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER, TANYA FARBER, BOBBY JORDAN, PHILANI NOMBEMBE, MPUMZI ZUZILE and PAUL ASH

URSULA HOADLEY AND SERVAAS VAN DER BERG | Pandemic has hit pupils hard: we ...

For most school students, 2020 was a massive setback in their learning trajectories. The loss of formal school days due ...

By URSULA HOADLEY and SERVAAS VAN DER BERG

EDITORIAL | Covid still at the gate, but the ...

On day 213 of our national lockdown, today, the bad news appears to be that a resurgence of the pandemic is well under ...

By Sunday Times Editorial

Six positive cases: Lions vs Cheetahs cancelled due to Covid-19

Inevitably, perhaps, Covid-19’s tentacles have enveloped the Lions’ squad to the point that their Super Rugby Unlocked ...

By Liam Del Carme

Traditional leaders work with university on Covid plan for summer rite

The Eastern Cape house of traditional leaders has worked with Walter Sisulu University to develop a plan to lower ...

By Lulamile Feni

US sets new record of 84,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day

US sets single-day record for Covid-19 cases during new surge.

By Reuters

Fears of second wave as Nelson Mandela Bay Covid-19 infections jump

A wave of Covid-19 infections has hit Nelson Mandela Bay — and acting mayor Thsonono Buyeye has called on residents to ...

By Kathryn Kimberley

Two travel costs you shouldn’t skimp on ...

In this weekly segment of bite-sized chunks of useful information, consumer journalist Wendy Knowler summarises news ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Don't give up on convalescent plasma, say experts after study finds no ...

Researchers called on Friday for more research into using blood from recovered Covid-19 patients - or so-called ...

By Kate Kelland

Nelson Mandela Bay's Mongameli Bobani on a ventilator with Covid-19

Nelson Mandela Bay councillors have been instructed to report to the Port Elizabeth City Hall to test for Covid-19.

By Michael Kimberley

'No clinical benefits' in using Covid-19 survivors' plasma as treatment

Using blood of recovered Covid-19 patients – or so-called convalescent plasma – as a potential treatment is of little ...

By Kate Kelland

Covid-19 makes births more complicated

Pregnant women who contract Covid-19 are more likely to experience complications after birth compared to those who test ...

Australia to lift cap on citizens returning as ...

Australia will slightly lift the cap on the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return each week, ...

By Reuters

V&A Waterfront to offer drive-through Covid-19 testing for R850

The V&A Waterfront will launch its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility with Dis-Chem on Saturday and results will ...

Paris airports cut traffic outlook on Covid second wave

Aeroports de Paris, operator of the French capital's main airports, cut its full-year passenger traffic outlook on ...

By Reuters

SA reopens Sani Pass border post

SA has reopened the Sani Pass border that connects South Africa with the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Covid-19: Airline groups push for end to quarantines, travel bans

The US, state governments and some foreign countries should replace quarantines and travel bans on airline passengers ...

By David Shepardson

'I cannot help but be concerned,' says Mkhize on ...

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize tested positive for Covid-19 and is quarantining at home.

Many believe Covid-19 is exaggerated and declining, says survey

A new survey has revealed that there has been growing pandemic "fatigue" and complacency since lockdown rules were ...

SA records more than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours for second day

For the second straight day, SA recorded more than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19.

By TimesLIVE

Be prepared: Africa on red alert for Covid-19 second wave

CDC director warns that the coronavirus is not just another flu. It must be taken seriously

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

'We were caught napping': deputy president on Covid-19 corruption

Deputy president David Mabuza says the government was caught napping regarding Covid-19 corruption, saying that some of ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

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