Covid-19

All the news about the coronavirus pandemic in SA and abroad

03 August 2021 - 06:50 By TimesLIVE

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CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN SA: 2,461,758; DEATHS: 72,437

Why vaccines, not drugs, are our only possible ...

Theoretically, drug-based protection may be attainable, but the practicalities suggest otherwise

By Hanél Sadie-Van Gijsen

Covid-19 cases on the rise in Western Cape and ...

There were 5,575 new Covid-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours, with 1,773 in the Western Cape, the current ...

By TimesLIVE

7.5-million vaccines administered in SA as hesitancy declines, pace picks ...

Getting the Covid-19 vaccination is a patriotic duty to safeguard the health of the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

By TimesLIVE

US Republican report says coronavirus leaked from Chinese lab; scientists ...

A preponderance of evidence proves the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, ...

By Reuters

Getting your Covid-19 vaccine is a duty not a right, says Gauteng-based ...

To date there has been no scientifically robust data that has called to question any of the readily available vaccines, ...

By Dr Daniel Israel

Delta spreads 'like wildfire' as doctors study whether it makes patients ...

With a new wave of Covid-19 infections fuelled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are ...

By Reuters

We had one hell of a time: fully vaxed friends’ ...

The US CDC has recommended a return to mask-wearing for inoculated people after an outbreak in Cape Cod

By Carey Goldberg and Nic Querolo

Church drive-through gets Soweto Covid-19 jab rollout into high gear

Jemina Levi, from Naturena, got her jab within five minutes of her arrival.

What you said: We need the R350 grant

Most readers said they plan to apply for the grant.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

School sports and travel for tournaments get green light to resume

Schools can resume contact and non-contact sports including training and inter-school matches, as well as arts and ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

Dr Musa and Liesl share their recovery journey as they battle Covid-19

"I slept the entire day today. Covid really is a messy rollercoaster, " Liesl Laurie-Mthombeni shared on Sunday.

Chrizelda Kekana
Entertainment reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | More people ...

It will still be unsafe for South Africans to hold mass gatherings during the festive season even though more people ...

Teachers advised to give pupils 'mask break' every two hours

The mask break “entails going outdoors and removing their masks, and breathing for approximately 5-15 minutes”.

Prega Govender
Journalist

Australia cranks up Covid-19 curbs with Brisbane lockdown extended, army ...

Australia's Queensland state on Monday extended a Covid-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney ...

By Reuters

US will not lock down despite surge driven by Delta variant, Fauci says

The US will not lock down again to curb Covid-19 but “things are going to get worse” as the Delta variant fuels a surge ...

By Reuters

Hamilton suspects long Covid after suffering fatigue, dizziness

Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he suspects he has long Covid, after suffering dizziness and ...

By Reuters

Getting your Covid-19 vaccine is a duty not a ...

To date there has been no scientifically robust data that has called to question any of the readily available vaccines, ...

By Dr Daniel Israel

To be on the front foot, we need to get off the Covid death data back foot

Economically, socially and morally this is crucial and it’s not hard to do

By Clara Ferreira Marques

EDITORIAL | Drastic action on jabs is needed if we are to weather more of ...

Anything can happen with Covid-19 and it probably will, as 16 months of lockdown have amply demonstrated.

By Sunday Times

Oz’s belated Covid nightmare worsens as Brisbane joins Sydney in lockdown

Australian federal government has set a 70% adult vaccine coverage target for reopening the country

By Brett Miller

Yarn took the yawn out of lockdown and made an entrepreneur of this teen

Using YouTube, a Durban boy has mastered the art of amigurumi to make stuffed animals he is selling online

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

'We're holding on by our fingertips': Western ...

A specialist on the Covid-19 frontline at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town said on Friday: “We are holding on by our ...

By Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber

Full return of primary school kids won't happen on schedule

Thousands of primary schools across SA will not be able to resume classes on a full-time basis from tomorrow, despite ...

By PREGA GOVENDER and MLULEKI MDLETSHE

Delta variant ‘breakthrough infections’ guide

The infectious Delta variant has led to a substantial rise in “breakthrough infections” of Covid-19 among people who ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

EDITORIAL | Drastic action on jabs is needed if we are to weather more of ...

Anything can happen with Covid-19 and it probably will, as 16 months of lockdown have amply demonstrated.

By Sunday Times

Government's Covid relief package is a day late and a dollar short

On Wednesday, finance minister Tito Mboweni gave meat to the bones of the president's recently announced third wave ...

By ZIMBALI MNCUBE, ALIYA CHIKTE and GILAD ISAACS

Majority of latest Covid-19 cases from Western ...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in an update on Friday evening that 13,025 new Covid-19 ...

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 anti-vaxxers face being hit with increased Discovery premiums

Refusal to be vaccinated will be treated similarly to smoking or lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, says insurer

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Pricks and prayers: half of SA chooses faith over jabs, says survey

Nonetheless, the rollout has amped up impressively, with SA doing better than nations like Australia and Germany

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Special Tribunal dismisses application in school decontamination case

The Special Tribunal on Friday dismissed an application by seven contractors awarded contracts to sanitise schools ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Sanef saddened by deaths of four journalists from Covid-19 related ...

Four journalists have died in SA of Covid-19 related complications.

Vaccine shortages ‘a thing of the past’ as ...

SA now has a bountiful supply of Covid-19 vaccines and a pipeline that will last until the end of the year.

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Trauma patients may find no beds in Western Cape hospitals this weekend

Hospitals in the Western Cape could reach breaking point this weekend as Covid-19 infections rise, relaxed alcohol ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Ramaphosa on vaccine charm offensive as study finds people believe prayer ...

A study found seven in 10 South Africans had scant trust in the government’s ability to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines ...

By TimesLIVE

How Delta is breaching even the most effective anti-Covid defences

Authorities in many countries, not least China, have had to rethink their vax campaigns

By Bloomberg News

Throw the outdated baggage overboard, ANC, and all our boats will float

If the party put its differences aside and traded ideology for growth, there would be less need for crisis management

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Which vitamins ...

Dr McKay said he also advises patients who suffer from the after-effects of Covid-19, known as Long Covid, to ...

SA records more than 500 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours for second day

For the first time since the third wave of infections, the most new Covid-19 cases were not recorded in Gauteng. ...

By TimesLIVE

We will not have vaccine shortages, promises Ramaphosa, with 5.7-million ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa is confident there will be no Covid-19 vaccine shortages as the government's programme ...

Covid-19 anti-vaxxers face being hit with increased Discovery premiums

Refusal to be vaccinated will be treated similarly to smoking or lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, says insurer

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Many things point the right way for Tanzania. ‘Terror’ arrest isn’t one of ...

For all her moves to reverse Magufuli’s economic legacy, Hassan shows little interest in political freedom

By Fumbuka Ng'Wanakilala and Matthew Hill

Liberty tops up pandemic reserve amid Covid-19 ...

The third wave of the coronavirus has necessitated a top-up of insurance giant Liberty Holding's pandemic reserve, ...

By TimesLIVE

Pricks and prayers: half of SA chooses faith over jabs, says survey

Nonetheless, the rollout has amped up impressively, with SA doing better than nations like Australia and Germany

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Teachers won't be sacked if they refuse Covid-19 jab: education department

The basic education department has hit back at media reports that it compelled staff to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

A two-track approach to Covid-19 is what we need to save lives, says WHO

The first relates to the best use of vaccines, while the second requires people to commit to social protocols

By World Health Organisation

Government forks out R36bn to fund Covid and unrest relief measures

‘We have to do something. We can’t sit back, cry and be sad about it,’ says finance minister Tito Mboweni

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

Home Affairs staff, on the front line during ...

The drive to inoculate 8,443 home affairs employees, who have been on the frontline facing customers during the ...

By TimesLIVE

520 Covid-19 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

In some good news, SA passed the 7-million mark for number of vaccines administered. There were 194,891 jabs ...

By TimesLIVE

Western Cape reaches 1-million vaccinations milestone, health workers’ ...

The Western Cape province said the reduced infection rate among health workers demonstrates the effectiveness of the ...

What you said: No rush to stock up on booze after ban lifted

Most readers said they would stock up as the week progresses.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Basic education department clears the air on 'threat' to teachers who are ...

Teachers who are not vaccinated do not have to worry about losing their jobs, says basic education spokesperson Elijah ...


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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 ...

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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
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