COVID-19 WRAP | SA records 121 new Covid-19 deaths & infections surge past 25 million globally

More than eight months into the pandemic, the United States continues to struggle with testing, seeing the number of people tested fall in recent weeks.

31 August 2020 - 07:29 By TimesLIVE
People wearing face masks depart a train station on the first day of New Zealand's new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020.
People wearing face masks depart a train station on the first day of New Zealand's new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020.
Image: REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

August 31 2020 - 21:42

SA records 121 new Covid-19 deaths and fewer than 2,000 fresh cases

South Africa recorded fewer than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 in a 24-hour period on Monday for the first time since Friday.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday night that 1,985 new infections had been recorded in the past 24 hours. This is after 2,505 new cases were confirmed on Sunday night and 2,418 on Saturday night.

August 31 2020 - 21:41

Tender corruption allegations are untrue, says Zamani Saul

Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul has denied links to tender corruption related to personal protective equipment (PPE), saying the allegations were part of a pushback against his attempt to clean up the province, Financial Mail reported.

Saul is among President Cyril Ramaphosa’s close allies and has been particularly vocal against corruption and largesse in the Northern Cape. He famously decried the exorbitant spending by public officials, and moved to put an end to the perks of high office, including blue light convoys and other “executive luxuries”.

The ANC is in the midst of a factional war between those seen to be fighting corruption and those who are accused of looting state coffers.

August 31 2020 - 15:02

Covid-19 can wipe out health care progress in short order -WHO

More than 90% of countries have seen ordinary health services disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with major gains in medical care attained over decades vulnerable to being wiped out in a short period, a World Health Organisation survey showed.

The Geneva-based body has frequently warned about other life-saving programmes being impacted by the pandemic and has sent countries mitigation advice, but the survey yielded the first WHO data so far on the scale of disruptions.

"The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on essential health services is a source of great concern," said a report on the study released on Monday. "Major health gains achieved over the past two decades can be wiped out in a short period of time..."

August 31 2020 - 12:25

EU offers 400 mln euros in guarantees to WHO-led Covid-19 vaccine initiative

The European Commission said on Monday it would contribute 400 million euros ($476 million) in guarantees to an initiative led by the World Health Organisation to buy Covid-19 vaccines.

Countries wishing to be part of the WHO initiative, dubbed COVAX, had to submit expressions of interest by Monday.


August 31 2020 - 12:07

Ex-Post Office chair and Jacob Zuma ally dies in hospital with Covid-19

Former Post Office chair and KwaZulu-Natal legal mind Comfort Ngidi died on Saturday evening.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala said on Sunday Ngidi had died in hospital. According to a statement issued by the ANC, Ngidi was admitted to hospital a week ago after he contracted Covid-19.

August 31 2020 - 10:45

Philippines reports 3,446 new coronavirus cases, 38 additional deaths

The Philippines reported on Monday 3,446 coronavirus infections and 38 deaths, taking its total caseload to 220,819 and fatalities to 3,558, its health ministry said.

The ministry also said on Monday that five Philippine hospitals have been identified as candidates for potential clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by China-based Sinovac Biotech.


August 31 2020 - 09:49

Russia's coronavirus cases approach 1 million

 Russia reported 4,993 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing its nationwide tally to 995,319, the fourth largest caseload in the world.Russia's coronavirus taskforce said 83 people had died over the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 17,176.


August 31 2020 - 07:44

Pensioner arrested for R4.7m UIF-Ters 'fraud' 

The Hawks on Sunday arrested a 62-year-old man for allegedly pocketing R4.7m from the Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) temporary employer/employee relief (Ters) scheme.

Hawks spokesman Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said the man would face fraud, theft and money laundering charges.

"The pensioner was arrested after he failed to disclose that he became a instant R4.7m millionaire. The money was meant to remunerate employees of a certain company to be disclosed in court papers," Mulaudzi said.

August 31 2020 - 07:00

SA drunks rev up calls to tighten booze laws

A law which policy experts say could turn the tide in our booze battle has been stalled for four years.

August 31 2020 - 06:00

CDC reports on the leading underlying medical conditions related to coronavirus deaths

While the cause of death listed as solely from the novel coronavirus occurred in 6% of cases in the U.S. from Feb. 1 to Aug. 22, it does not mean that the virus was not a contributing factor in the other 94%. These people had more than one contributing factor to their deaths.