COVID-19 WRAP | SA Covid-19 cases rise to 663,282

22 September 2020 - 07:36 By TimesLIVE
The monument of Tezozomoc is seen with a face mask that reads "For My Country", as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico on September 21 2020.
The monument of Tezozomoc is seen with a face mask that reads "For My Country", as the coronavirus disease outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico on September 21 2020.

September 22 2020 - 21:57

SA passes 16,000 Covid-19 deaths

South Africa passed yet another grim Covid-19 milestone on Tuesday, as more than 16,000 deaths have now been confirmed linked to the respiratory illness.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said 126 deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours - 54 in KwaZulu-Natal, 45 in Gauteng, 17 in the Western Cape and five each in the Eastern Cape and the North West.

September 22 2020 - 18:05

US surpasses grim milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000 on Tuesday, by the far the highest number of any nation.

The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. 


September 22 2020 - 16:44

Bheki Cele 'disturbed' by liquor outlets disregarding lockdown laws

Police minister Bheki Cele says he is shocked and disgusted by the blatant disregard of lockdown rules by some liquor outlet owners in the name of profit.

Cele, who was speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, said he joined a police operation in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, with cops, the defence force and provincial traffic law enforcement. He said they came across several shebeens and taverns operating way past the stipulated 10pm curfew under alert level 2.

September 22 2020 - 15:02

WATCH LIVE | Bheki Cele on law enforcement during level 1

Police minister Bheki Cele and police managers will on Tuesday brief the media on law enforcement during level 1 of the lockdown.

September 22 2020 - 13:42

Counsellors sent to Eastern Cape school where 102 pupils got Covid-19

The department of education has sent a team of counsellors to support the Ethembeni Secondary School community in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape where 102 schoolchildren tested positive for Covid-19.

At the weekend the number of confirmed cases was recorded at 98. There was confusion on Monday morning, with the total being reported as 172 and then 117. However, education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said the confirmed number was 102.

September 22 2020 - 13:41

Rand falls again on Covid-19 fears and promise of more billions for SAA

The rand weakened again early on Tuesday after a sharp plunge in the previous session when fears of a second wave of global coronavirus infections triggered a worldwide sell-off of riskier assets.

At 0630 GMT the rand was 0.69% weaker at 16.8950 per dollar, close to Monday's one-and-a-half week bottom of 16.9450.

September 22 2020 - 13:40

'Work from home': Johnson starts to shut down the UK again as Covid-19 spreads

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday tell people to work from home and will impose new restrictions on pubs, bars and restaurants as part of an attempt to tackle the swiftly accelerating second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak.

September 22 2020 - 08:22

Tuesday is deadline for no-penalty renewal of car licences that expired during lockdown

Tuesday is the deadline for the renewal of motor vehicle licence discs that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown between end March and May 31.

An extension in the validity period of all motor vehicle licences, permits and roadworthy certificates that expired was granted to end-August, said the Road Traffic Management Corporation. “Beyond this period, motorists were entitled to 21 days in which to renew the vehicle discs without incurring late payment costs.”

September 22 2020 - 07:26

Bheki Cele to brief media on lockdown rules under level 1

Police minister Bheki Cele will on Tuesday brief the media on updated Covid-19 lockdown regulations under level 1. 

"Following the address by President Cyril Ramaphosa , on the progress in the national effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic; police minister, Bheki Cele and the SAPS management will on Tuesday , brief the media on law enforcement during the national lockdown alert level one."

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With alert level 1 under way, South Africa has endured trials and tribulations since the beginning of the national lockdown. TimesLIVE sat down with vaccinology and infectious disease expert Prof Shabir Madhi from Wits University, who shed some light on what could be next for the country, and a few lessons learnt along the way. He gives an update on the vaccine trial and considers the possibilities of a second wave of infection, warning that the country is not yet out of the woods.