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COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Are alcohol-based hand sanitisers safe ...

The WHO says though there have been rare cases of accidental swallowing and intoxication, alcohol-based hand sanitisers ...

Comes a time when you gotta stand up to those who don’t teach well

Spotify to remove Neil Young’s music after singer objects to being on platform that streams Covid misinformation

By Lisa Richwine, Dawn Chmielewski and Yuvraj Malik

Help us get paid, Special Investigating Unit pleads with Ramaphosa

SIU informs Ramaphosa of challenges over R216m payment for PPE probe

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How should I dispose of my mask to ...

The Western Cape health department says there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 from used ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Ramaphosa authorises release of SIU report into PPE corruption

After an 18-month investigation, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday authorised the release of the final report of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Covid-19 kept them at bay, but shark attacks on the rise again

New data from the International Shark Attack File reveals the number of provoked and unprovoked attacks for 2021

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Cape Town’s Covid-19 camp for homeless ‘incurred R42m irregular spending’

More than R42m spent to rent marquees for a controversial camp for homeless people in Cape Town has been declared ...

By TIMESLIVE

SA records 3,200 new Covid-19 cases, 132 deaths in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded just fewer than 3,200 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

R54m masks purchase lands Cape education officials in hot water

Three senior Western Cape education officials are under investigation over a R54m contract to supply cloth face masks.

By TIMESLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Former Free State MEC Butana Komphela dies after Covid-19 hospital ...

Family spokesperson Mangaliso Alexander Xaba said Khompela had been admitted to hospital more than a month ago for ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Which drugs can be used to treat ...

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended two new drugs to treat patients with Covid-19, one for patients ...

‘Covid-19 vaccination is safe, does not affect women’s bodies negatively’ ...

Medical and scientific bodies have called for the Commission for Gender Equality to withdraw its warning against ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Experts warn against quick ending of Covid state of disaster

The end of the Covid state of disaster was flagged on Wednesday by President Cyril Ramaphosa but experts told the ...

By AMANDA KHOZA and TANYA FARBER

SUE DE GROOT | If you do anything, do it for love

Disagreement turns to tragedy when any person on either side of the vaccine wall rejoices at the death of an adversary, ...

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Medicine deliveries the future after Covid-19 proves their worth: UCT ...

When Covid-19 hit SA and stigmatisation was at its peak, many healthcare workers were shunned in their communities due ...

COVID-19 NEWS

When can SA expect to enter Covid-19 fifth wave? Phaahla says in May or ...

SA is likely to enter the fifth wave of Covid-19 infections in May or sooner, says health minister Joe Phaahla.

Government gets R11.4bn World Bank loan to bolster Covid-19 recovery ...

The loan is intended to protect the poor and support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Wendell Roelf

Malema calls for no masks and opening stadiums for 'vaccinated and ...

EFF leader Julius Malema took his call for the government to open stadiums to the office of sports minister Nathi ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records nearly 4,000 new Covid-19 cases, 139 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded just less than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, statistics from the NICD revealed on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do children and teens need booster ...

There is no evidence that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses against Covid-19.

Children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with Covid-19 dying at a ...

A study has found that children in sub-Saharan Africa hospitalised with Covid-19 are dying at a rate far greater than ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Coronavirus command council looking at dropping state of disaster: ...

SA is reconsidering the national state of disaster as the rate of Covid-19 infections dip, President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

Covid blues is making employers see red as they battle to find workers

In the UK, more than 400,000 people dropped out of work between February 2020 and November last year

By Philip Aldrick

SA confirms 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, 156 deaths in 24 hours

Gauteng recorded more than 1,000 of SA's 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, the NICD reported on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

Jabs and jobs: local vaccine-making facility will ‘employ hundreds’

Patrick Soon-Shiong says R4bn will be invested in the project, with another R100m for education and training

Covid-19 infected lions prompt variant warning in SA

Lions and pumas at a zoo in the South African capital of Pretoria got severe Covid-19 from asymptomatic zoo handlers, ...

By Antony Sguazzin and Renee Bonorchis

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | When was the last global pandemic and ...

Swine flu (H1N1 flu) was the virus responsible for the last global pandemic before Covid-19.

Get the shot or your pocket will take a bullet, ballies

Elderly Greeks could be fined R1,800 a month if they do not get vaccinated, with the money going to hospitals

By Paul Tugwell

Will 2022 be the year in which Covid becomes endemic?

Some countries think so, but experts say we will still have to be vigilant and there’s ‘no reason to sound the ...

By Naomi Kresge and Tim Loh

SA’s new infection control plan must be put into action ... fast

Experts say a lack of dedicated IPC specialists, a field ‘not recognised as a speciality in Africa’, is putting lives ...

By Nthusang Lefafa

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Has government made a decision on ...

Health minister Joe Phaahla said announcements regarding mandatory vaccinations will be made in due time as the ...

DA calls on Angie Motshekga to ‘scrap rotational timetables’ in 2022

The DA has called on basic education minister Angie Motshekga to scrap the rotational schooling system and do away with ...

EDITORIAL | As the state of disaster nears two years, it’s time for a ...

Well intentioned it may be, but the state is going to have to start moving away from this unsustainable legislation

Gauteng has exited fourth wave of Covid-19: health minister Joe Phaahla

Health minister Joe Phaahla says Gauteng has exited the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.

By Nomahlubi Sonjica

SA's total Covid-related deaths reach 93,117

The total number of recorded Covid-19 related fatalities in SA climbed to 93,117 with an additional 128 deaths reported ...

By TIMESLIVE

LISTEN | Can't shake your Covid-19 symptoms? Here's why

Long Covid cannot be formally diagnosed and there is no way of telling who will suffer from the ailment.

By PAIGE MULLER

New numbers should add up to the end of the Covid-19 disaster: Winde

Western Cape premier bases optimism on research showing Omicron’s reduced rates of hospitalisation or death

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Western Cape education MEC calls for scrapping of social distancing rule

Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer has called for the scrapping of the one-metre social distancing rule in ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Can the Covid-19 vaccine cause throat ...

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center said "none of the vaccines interact with or alter your DNA in any way, and ...

‘Condom approach’ should apply to Covid-19 vaccines: Julius Malema

People have been told to use condoms to protect themselves against HIV/Aids but many never heeded the call and were not ...

Mawande AmaShabalala
Political journalist

Western Cape and Gauteng leading latest surge of Covid-19 infections

Data shows 181 Covid-19 related deaths and 6,762 new infections recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 study to assess Pfizer, J&J suitability for HIV infected

A Covid-19 vaccine trial in SA will assess the safety and impact of varying doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer shots ...

By Antony Sguazzin

Health department open to engaging on allowing more fans in stadiums

The department of health is open to engagements with relevant sporting stakeholders in a move that may pave the way for ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I share a tap or toilet with others, ...

The Western Cape government has issued some advice on the best way to keep yourself safe when using a community toilet ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Top matric achievers and parents have to give consent to attend results ...

It is unclear whether all 27 top achievers in last year’s matric exams will attend an event next week where the results ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

EU replaces Southern Africa travel ban with testing requirements

EU member states have agreed to lift the air travel ban on Southern African countries, which will allow more travel to ...

By Lyubov Pronina

Pop-up vaccination sites at border posts open until the weekend: health ...

Travellers urged to provide verifiable identity documents and birth certificates for children 12 to 17 years old.

Back to school is not as simple as ABC in Gauteng

As inland schools open, education minister tells of strife to get her niece admitted

Prega Govender
Journalist

Covid-19 cases identified in SA increase by 5,668

Covid-19 cases identified in SA have increased by 5,668, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) ...

By TIMESLIVE

John Steenhuisen renews call for scrapping of Covid-19 state of disaster

DA leader John Steenhuisen has again called for an end to the national state of disaster.

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

SA could be out of Covid-19 fourth wave within 10 or 11 days, says Prof ...

Prof Adrian Puren says SA could be out of the Covid-19 fourth wave within 10 or 11 days.

Wits SRC & SAUS reject mandatory vaccinations as universities gear up ...

Wits SRC president Cebolenkosi Khumalo said the university should have adopted a "pro choice" approach in its decision ...

Covid-19 stats reveal 8,783 patients are hospitalised in SA

A further 77 Covid-19 related deaths were reported in SA on Monday.

By TIMESLIVE

Teacher unions to meet Covid-19 prof to 'talk more about schooling in 2022'

"We are in trouble when it comes to learning losses and we would like to see as many of our kids full-time at school as ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

Omicron less likely to cause severe illness, studies show

The latest variant of the coronavirus is likely to infect lung tissue than previous strains, based on hospital ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

EDITORIAL | It’s time to open schools to safeguard children’s future

Another year of disrupted learning begins on Wednesday for pupils in the five inland provinces, and a week later for ...

By Sunday Times

SUE DE GROOT | Perhaps it’s time to push the panic button

Our leaders are telling us to keep calm, but that might no longer be the right approach to the mess we are in.

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

'Lift all Covid-19 restrictions': Julius Malema urges Ramaphosa

EFF leader Julius Malema has urged president Cyril Ramaphosa to lift all Covid-19 restrictions so that entertainment ...

By TimesLIVE

LISTEN | Ramaphosa urges government to finalise a policy on the ...

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the government to finalise vaccine mandates.

Bulelani Nonyukela
Audio producer

Ramaphosa insists he left ANCWL event due to flouting of Covid-19 protocols

Speaking for the first time since the incident, President Cyril Ramaphosa has insisted that he abruptly left an ANC ...

Mauritius lifts travel ban on SA and neighbouring countries

The Covid-19 travel ban imposed by Mauritius on SA, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique ...

By TIMESLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Is wearing a mask for a long time bad ...

According to the department of health, covering your nose and mouth for a long time with a mask won't cause carbon ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA hits 3.5-million confirmed Covid-19 cases after 9,860 recorded in 24 ...

Health department records a high 551 Covid-19 fatalities on Thursday, but says they are historical deaths and that only ...

By TimesLIVE

Western Cape passes fourth wave peak, premier calls for end to state of ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde says the province has passed the peak of its fourth wave of Covid-19 and a consistent ...

By TIMESLIVE

SA excess deaths peak at fraction of previous Covid-19-driven record

Official deaths due to Covid-19 declined to 425 from 428. The excess death decline was the first in three weeks.

By Antony Sguazzin

Africa CDC says severe lockdowns no longer tool to contain Covid-19

Africa's top public health official said on Thursday that severe lockdowns were no longer the best way to contain ...

By Alexander Winning

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How can I make sure I am safe from ...

You can still contract Covid-19 at work, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA records 139 deaths, 8,078 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

The 139 deaths took the total number of fatalities in SA since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to 91,451, the ...

By TimesLIVE

South African Breweries may require staff to have Covid-19 vaccines

SAB, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said on Tuesday it was looking at making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for staff ...

By Reuters

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do I need to re-test for Covid-19 ...

"At present, retesting people who have experienced mild illness, and have recovered from Covid-19 is not recommended," ...

SA records 3,200 new Covid-19 cases, 87 deaths in the past 24 hours

SA recorded just more than 3,200 new Covid-19 cases and 87 deaths in the past 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

‘Is this what adjusted level 1 has become?’ — Mboweni criticises ...

"Is this what adjusted level 1 has become? Really now? No masks, just fun!" exclaimed Mboweni.

SA travel agents 'frustrated' by Mauritian government's travel ban

The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) has urged the Mauritian government to lift its ban on travel ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What makes an event a ‘mass gathering’ ...

The World Health Organisation says a "mass gathering" or "superspreader" event doesn't have to have thousands of people ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Western Cape has most new active Covid-19 cases

Most new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Sunday were in the Western Cape (27%). followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal ...

By TimesLIVE

The curfew may be lifted but we're still in a pandemic state of disaster

Despite the Covid-19 curfew being lifted on Thursday, minister in the presidency Mondli Gungubele says the state of ...

NICD reports 193,104 active cases of Covid-19 ahead of New Year's Eve

The province with the most new Covid-19 cases reported on the last day of 2021 — as the country gears up to celebrate ...

By TIMESLIVE

Curfew lifting: Calls for vaccinations and responsible conduct join praise

The tourism and hospitality sectors, among those that have been most affected by the Covid-19 lockdown due to ...

By TimesLIVE

Cabinet lifts Covid-19 curfew with immediate effect

SA's curfew has been lifted with immediate effect following a special cabinet meeting on Thursday.

By TIMESLIVE

Covid-19 related deaths climb by 126, nearly 13,000 new cases in one day

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported an additional 126 Covid-19 related deaths on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How can I best teach my child about ...

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, it is important that children feel safe, loved, included ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA records 9,000 Covid-19 cases, 81 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 9,020 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

Minister Ebrahim Patel tests positive for Covid-19

Minister of trade, industry and competition, Ebrahim Patel, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Orrin Singh
Reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can using a fan increase the chance of ...

Health experts have highlighted the risk of Covid-19 spreading when using a fan in enclosed spaces.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

More than 7,200 new Covid-19 cases, 25 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

There were 7,216 Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable ...

By TimesLIVE

ANC January 8 rally capped at 2,000 attendees

The governing party’s 110th birthday celebrations will be held at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I'm on medication for a chronic health ...

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, TB and HIV ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA records almost 19,000 new Covid-19 cases on Christmas Eve as total ...

There were 321 new hospital admissions in the past day, the NICD said, taking the total number of people admitted ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How do I stay safe while exercising ...

It is safe to exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts have provided safety guidelines.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Mabuza urges those sceptical about Covid-19 vaccines to have a rethink

Deputy President David Mabuza used his Christmas message on Friday to encourage those still sceptical about Covid-19 ...

By TimesLIVE

SA records 21,099 new Covid-19 cases, 99 deaths in past 24 hours

KZN recorded 5,411 and the Western Cape 4,609 of the 21,099 new Covid-19 cases - compared with 3,807 recorded in ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Is ‘long Covid’ contagious?

While many have developed persistent Covid-19 symptoms long after getting the virus, a condition known as "long Covid", ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Cape Town’s ‘hospital of hope’ provided relief during Covid-19 crisis

The admission of patients to the continent’s largest field hospital reduced the predicted duration of hospital stay by ...

Covid-19 in SA: 15,424 new cases, 35 deaths and 633 hospital admissions in ...

More than 9,000 people are currently hospitalised for Covid-19 related treatment as the fourth wave continues to spread ...

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 isolation should be cut to seven days: advisory committee

The isolation period for Covid-19 patients with symptoms should be reduced from 10 days to seven, the ministerial ...

By TImesLIVE

Futile Covid-19 tests for mild cases are crippling healthcare, warn Cape ...

Pointless Covid-19 testing has become a public health threat as the Omicron variant continues to deliver a wave of mild ...

By Dave Chambers

KZN is SA's new Covid-19 hotspot as 8,500 cases and 105 deaths recorded in ...

The NICD said on Monday there were 8,515 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed ...

By TimesLIVE

London mayor declares ‘major incident’ as Omicron cases surge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a “major incident” due to a rapid spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant across ...

By Foster Wong

China urges residents to avoid travel as holiday season looms

China urged residents of the country’s higher-risk Covid areas not to travel unless necessary as the country goes into ...

By Bloomberg News

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Who should get a booster shot and when?

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster shot for South ...

KZN has most new Covid-19 infections, while hospital admissions rise to 87

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 15,465 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South ...

By TimesLIVE

'The tiger will beat that virus' — Well wishes stream in for Mantashe ...

This is the second time the minister has tested positive for Covid-19.

Scientists detect rapidly rising Covid-19 fragments in rural waste water

The SA Medical Research Council’s waste water surveillance team has detected rapidly rising concentrations of Covid-19 ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Vaccines for Africa: SA gives continent 2m doses worth R289m

SA is giving 2-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to African countries in 2022.

By TimesLIVE

SA records more than 20,000 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths in 24 hours

Of the new cases, Gauteng recorded the highest number (5,850), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (5,134) and the Western Cape ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | As a vaper, am I more at risk of ...

While studies into the relationship between Covid-19 and vaping are ongoing, the World Health Organisation has noted ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

93% of recent Covid-19 deaths either unvaxxed or partly vaccinated: NICD

Most Covid-19 patients who died in SA hospitals since mid-November were unvaccinated or partly vaccinated.

By TImesLIVE

Rampant Covid-19 variant on the rampage in 89 countries, says WHO

The Omicron variant of Covid-19, revealed by SA scientists just 23 days ago, has been reported in 89 countries, the ...

By TIMESLIVE

Gauteng still leads as SA records 24,785 new Covid-19 cases

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported an additional 36 Covid-19 related deaths and 24,785 new cases ...

By TIMESLIVE

Wanted: Woman who 'scammed PPE business investors out of R10m'

The police and the Hawks are appealing to the public to help them locate Swereen Govender, who allegedly persuaded ...

By TIMESLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I have TB, Am I at greater risk of ...

While studies on the effect of Covid-19 on TB patients are limited, the World Health Organisation says it anticipates ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA to retain level 1 curbs in Omicron fight

The national coronavirus command council has retained the lockdown at adjusted level 1, health authorities said on ...

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo

SA to stay at lockdown level 1 – for now, says command council

SA's lockdown restrictions will stay at level 1 even as the country heads into the holidays season, the health ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Small SA patient study shows Omicron breaking through booster shots

A small study of sevenCovid-19 cases in SA shows the Omicron variant can break through booster vaccine shots, one of ...

By Tim Cocks