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17 April 2021 - 12:11 By TimesLIVE

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SA records 1,400 new Covid-19 cases, 90 deaths in ...

SA recorded 1,424 new Covid-19 cases and 92 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.

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'No reason for widespread concern' over vaccines ...

The risk of developing extremely rare blood clots after a Covid-19 vaccination is much lower than the risk of clotting ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

COVID-19 NEWS

People 60 and older can register for Covid-19 vaccine from Friday

Health minister Zweli Mkhize hailed this as a significant milestone not only for the country's vaccination campaign but ...

If you are 60 and over, here is how you can register for a vaccination

Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout is expected to begin on May 17.

Number of people to get Pfizer jab in SA increased by five million: here's ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the number of people who will receive the Pfizer vaccine in SA increased from 10 ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Public called on to urgently comment on draft regulations for Covid-19 fund

The national department of health is urgently calling for the public to comment on draft regulations for the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Delays in R350 Covid-19 grant payment due to 'transitioning' glitch: Sassa

The South African Social Security Agency says there will be a delay in the R350 Covid-19 grant payment in March and ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Gauteng carers benefit as company agrees to donation over 'excessive ...

A Tembisa-based charity caring for orphans and the poor will receive donations of essential goods worth more than ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA youth urged to pursue health jobs as shortage of skilled workers is ...

South Africa's youth are being called on to pursue healthcare skills and professions as the country is projected to ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Nearly 1,400 new Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths recorded in 24 hours: Mkhize

There were 1,372 new Covid-19 cases and 73 deaths recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli ...

By TimesLIVE

Shot in the arm: Cape health workers swap jab hesitancy for hope

The province’s head of health says attitudes towards vaccines have changed after just two weeks

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

1,600 new Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

SA recorded 1,599 new Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on ...

By TimesLIVE

Petition calls for Ramaphosa to extend and increase R350 social grant to ...

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has joined many calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa, finance minister Tito ...

Moderna vaccine booster jab shows strong promise against ‘SA variant’

A multivalent Covid-19 jab developed by US vaccine manufacturer Moderna has shown promising results against the ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

J&J vaccine data will be reviewed over a few days, no concern in SA to ...

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority says no major safety concerns have been identified in the country so far ...

By TimesLIVE

IN QUOTES | Vaccinations, precautions & scientific evidence: Zweli ...

The temporary suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout in SA is a precautionary measure until the causal ...

By Cebelihle Bhengu

J&J vaccinations and blood clots - what you need to know

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout has been “provisionally” suspended in SA following an investigation of a possible ...

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Nearly 850 new Covid-19 cases, 68 deaths recorded in 24 hours: Mkhize

About two hours after announcing that SA had halted its rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, health ...

By TimesLIVE

Medical aids won’t be sourcing vaccines privately or subsidising ...

They say procurement must be left to the state, adding that bankrolling jabs for those without medical aids is illegal

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

EDITORIAL | It’s a cruel blow, but SA has to follow expert vaccine advice

As SA faces curveballs in the vaccine rollout, the difficulty is to find the balance between risk and rationality

COVID-19 NEWS

SA to halt J&J vaccines as a precaution over 'unusual blood clot' fears

SA will suspend the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot fears, health minister Dr Zweli ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

EXPLAINER: How worried should we be about blood clots linked to ...

US regulators have recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine as they investigate rare blood ...

By Ludwig Burger, Matthias Blamont and John Miller

'Covid is a wake-up call': Black entrepreneurs aim to level playing field

Unable to get a bank loan when she moved from Nigeria to the United States, Abbey Wemimo's mother was forced to borrow ...

By Emma Batha

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Covid-19: Low risk for third wave in SA - AI powered algorithm predicts

Amid fears of the possibility of the country experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, models show there is a ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | Bheki Cele slams maskless residents in Covid-19 settlement after ...

Police minister Bheki Cele and an entourage of officers walked 4km through a new Cape Town informal settlement called ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist

No hot air: nothing stops the spread of Covid-19 quite like fresh air

Relax when outdoors, say experts, with Irish analysis revealing that only one in 1,000 infections is acquired outside

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Infections rise while fees must fall: varsities dealt another blow

Universities are forced to change tack as Covid-19 infections surge among students and staff

Prega Govender
Journalist

South Africa extends Covid-19 loan scheme deadline by three months

South Africa has extended by a further three months the deadline of a loan scheme that is central to efforts to counter ...

By Mfuneko Toyana

KZN education department concludes probe into overcrowded matric 'boot ...

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education has concluded an investigation into why dozens of matric pupils were crammed ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Prof fires broadside at experts who called for AstraZeneca rollout in SA

It would also be a mistake to “divert precious resources, such as human vaccinator resources” and fuel the “global ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Investment in digital economy key to SA's economic recovery: Ramaphosa

In a short time, SA has propelled itself from a relatively unknown destination for offshore customer service delivery ...

Covid-19: Low risk for third wave in SA - AI powered algorithm predicts

Amid fears of the possibility of the country experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, models show there is a ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says

The coronavirus variant discovered in SA may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to ...

By Reuters

Cape Town shisanyama reignites despite Covid-19 dousing the flames

With help from Diageo SA, Sindile Kama and many others in the hospitality industry are turning things around

Orrin Singh
Reporter

DR GUGU NGUBANE | Buy-in to solidarity is key to successful vaccine rollout

The task is mammoth and to get it done requires a decisive, fast, coordinated effort and wide support

By Dr Gugu Ngubane

SA records more than 1,200 new Covid-19 cases, 53 deaths in 24 hours

Mkhize said 288,368 health workers had received their Covid-19 vaccinations by 6.30pm on Friday, which means that 4,739 ...

By TimesLIVE

Norway prime minister fined by police over Covid-19 rules violation

Norwegian police said on Friday they have fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for breaking Covid-19 social distancing ...

By Reuters

SA probing Covid-19 'harm compensation' and vaccine passports: Mkhize

SA is considering a "no-fault compensation fund" and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports, health minister Dr ...

SA passes 10-million mark for number of Covid-19 tests done

SA recorded 756 more Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, as well as 79 deaths.

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Brazil detects first case of South African variant as Covid-19 deaths soar

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a ...

By Pedro Fonseca

Working from home or working the system?

Many South Africans in a global study say they want to work from home after the pandemic, but this could be tricky

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Pandemic shows SA urgently needs universal health care: Zweli Mkhize

One of the glaring lessons highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic is the urgent need for universal health coverage to ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

EXPLAINER | Ivermectin is legal — now what?

If you have a script from a doctor, you should be able to get ivermectin that same day, or the next day at the latest, ...

By Tania Broughton

Malnourished South Africans may be hit hardest by third wave, warns ...

Millions of malnourished South Africans may suffer severe illness if a third wave of Covid-19 infections hits SA ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Stage set for 'rapid expansion' of SA's vaccination programme, says Mkhize

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday that the deal to bring in 20 million Pfizer vaccines had been ...

By TimesLIVE

New Covid-19 variants have changed the game, vaccines will not be enough

Each time the virus replicates, there is an opportunity for a mutation to occur — and as we are already seeing around ...

By The Conversation

SA signs deal for 20 million Pfizer Covid-19 doses

SA has signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc for 20 million dual-shot Covid-19 vaccine doses, a government official told ...

By Reuters

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Covid-19 indicators spike in KwaNobuhle

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality's public health department has warned of a possible Covid-19 flare-up in KwaNobuhle ...

By Guy Rogers

ANALYSIS | Why you should still care about the AstraZeneca vaccine

SA's one million AstraZeneca doses have already been redistributed to 16 African countries, who received them eagerly ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

PETER BRUCE | SA must fight for its place in world of Covid apartheid

A graphic in The Times in London this past week painted an unhappy picture, writes Peter Bruce.

Peter Bruce
Editor-at-large & columnist

'We need all hands on deck for vaccinations' - experts

More pharmacists should be trained to administer Covid-19 vaccines and volunteers should be brought on board to help ...

By TANYA FARBER and CLAIRE KEETON

Faith and vaccine saw this Cape nurse through Covid-19 hell

As a devout Christian, Ester le Grange used to recite the verse from Psalm 23 that says, "even if I walk through the ...

#GiftSindiLife: Joburg doctor Sindi van Zyl in need of medical assistance

Popular Johannesburg doctor and DJ Sindi van Zyl was "in between" medical aids when she was admitted to hospital in ...

Inside SA’s bid to reverse foreign tourism collapse

SA is engaging foreign governments to allay fears about the country's slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout, in a new drive to ...

By PAUL ASH and PHILANI NOMBEMBE

SA's vaccination rollout: Tortoise vs hares in race to Covid-19 jab

Criticism of the snail’s pace at which SA is rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations compared with its economic peers is ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

Still a need for SA artists to sing for their supper

Two weeks before the national lockdown was announced a year ago, choreographer and producer-director Owen Lonzar saw ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

First batch of SA's Astra Zeneca vaccines sent to AU

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the sale of the Astra Zeneca vaccine ensured that SA would "not incur fruitless ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Fauci unveils study to test Moderna vaccine on SA Covid-19 variant

Moderna is the latest company to test whether its Covid-19 vaccine is weakened by what’s become known as the SA variant ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

'Prayer and video calls saw me through fight against Covid-19': ...

“I remember seeing people coming in alive and then you see a body leaving the Covid-19 ward,” said health-care worker ...

Fundraising campaign for popular Joburg doctor Sindi van Zyl in hospital ...

The husband of popular Johannesburg physician and radio DJ Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl, who is on a ventilator with Covid-19, ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60

The Netherlands on Friday temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people under 60 following ...

By Reuters

'Prayer and video calls saw me through fight against Covid-19': ...

“I remember seeing people coming in alive and then you see a body leaving the Covid-19 ward,” said health-care worker ...

Nearly 1,300 new Covid-19 cases and 51 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

SA recorded 1,294 new Covid-19 infections and 51 fatalities in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said ...

By TimesLIVE

Yes, you may take a bottle to your braai this weekend — NDZ was wrong

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had it wrong when she said on Thursday that the transporting of alcohol this ...

Million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines to arrive in April, says ...

The million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive in SA in April, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Green Flag status for Covid-19 compliant establishments in KZN

Several restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal obtained Green Flag status on Wednesday when their existing Covid-19 protocols ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Eight Gauteng health CEOs disciplined over lack of Covid-19 oversight

Eight CEOs of Gauteng health facilities have faced disciplinary charges for not complying with or overseeing health and ...

‘Off-site ban on alcohol does not make sense’: SA reacts to adjusted ...

Tuesday's “family meeting” with President Cyril Ramaphosa has been met with mixed reactions following the announcement ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Visiting hour restrictions at Gauteng hospitals eased

Visiting hours in Gauteng’s government hospitals have been eased to allow one visitor per patient for 15 minutes.

SA diplomats set to be prioritised for single dose vaccine jabs, says ...

Department of health technical adviser Dr Aquina Thulare has told parliament that 362 diplomats stationed in Africa ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Ministerial advisory committee shake-ups strengthen Covid-19 fight, says ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has told parliament’s health portfolio committee that changes made in the make-ups of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

ANC NEC calls for 'society-wide effort' to ensure success of vaccination ...

The ANC’s highest decision-making body between conferences met on the anniversary of the implementation of a nationwide ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Partial ban on Easter booze sales as SA remains on lockdown level 1

Alcohol will not be allowed for off-site consumption over the Easter weekend, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday ...

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

IN FULL | Ramaphosa on vaccines, partial booze ban and religious gatherings

The only significant changes to the current level 1 restrictions were that alcohol sales for off-site consumption would ...

By TimesLIVE

Government allows bigger religious gatherings, but urges SA to 'act with ...

The government has doubled the number of people who will be allowed to attend religious gatherings, but said strict ...

Some booze banned but church doors opened as Ramaphosa makes tactical ...

The changes, Ramaphosa said, were aimed at guarding against a possible Covid-19 third wave precipitated by the Easter ...

RECORDED | President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on developments regarding the country’s response to the Covid-19 ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Ban booze immediately, says Malema ahead of Ramaphosa’s address

EFF leader Julius Malema has made an impassioned plea to President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately ban alcohol sales ...

Despite delays, leaders adamant that SA's vaccine programme is on track

While there may be delays in the rollout of the country's vaccination programme, health minister Zweli Mkhize on ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

‘SA needs a holiday’: Tourism industry welcomes Easter weekend visitors

Airline bookings have picked up ahead of the Easter weekend, but the industry at large is still struggling.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Half a million people lost their jobs in 2020, says Stats SA — and ...

Year-on-year, total gross earnings decreased by R36.1bn (4.6%) between December 2019 and December 2020, according to ...

By TimesLIVE

Joburg woman becomes SA's 'first' Covid-19 lung transplant patient after ...

A young mother from Winchester Hills in Johannesburg has left hospital with a three-month-old baby daughter, who she ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

Covid-19 impact on tourism revealed as visitor numbers plummet

Most visitors to SA came from other Southern African countries, said Stats SA.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

ANC NEC calls for 'society-wide effort' to ensure success of vaccination ...

The ANC’s highest decision-making body between conferences met on the anniversary of the implementation of a nationwide ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

30 million J&J vaccines secured: Here's what you need to know about ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced SA had secured 30 million Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.

'What's the problem if it's proven safe?' Phumzile Van Damme on people ...

Misinformation and conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccines are some of the reasons people don't want the jab.

Home affairs extends visas that expired in lockdown

The extension does not apply to people who entered the country from March 15.

By TimesLIVE

Eastern Cape Covid-19 health workers’ contracts extended as third wave ...

The contracts of the health-care workers hired to bolster the Eastern Cape’s front line to fight Covid-19 have been ...

By Michael Kimberley

KFC borrows slogans from other brands as 'finger lickin' still not advised ...

Months after dropping the famous “It's finger lickin' good” slogan, KFC is borrowing slogans from other brands.

COVID-19 NEWS

Regulator says no green light yet for ivermectin, while AfriForum claims ...

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) is emphatic that it has not approved ivermectin for the treatment ...

Discovery ready to vaccinate 3 million members from May, says CEO

Discovery will deploy 500 people who will administer the vaccines through its programme, and will establish 20 ...

SA records 548 new Covid-19 cases and 47 deaths in 24 hours

Just 548 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recorded infections in SA to ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

KZN funeral parlours refund 'Covid-19 handling fees' after complaints

Three funeral parlours have refunded grieving families who complained that they were charged exorbitant “handling fees” ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

WATCH | Children want coronavirus to get lost so they can be kids again

At the start of the pandemic children in Nelson Mandela Bay knew Covid-19 as the “purple germ”, but one year on these ...

By Raahil Sain

Covid-19 vaccines for health staff on track

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, co-principal investigator of the study, said: “By the end of the week we should have a quarter ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Alcohol industry raises concern over possible ban ahead of Easter

The SA alcohol industry has raised concerns over a possible liquor ban ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

WATCH | Stepping down & SA's third wave: One last Covid catchup with ...

Abdool Karim scotched rumours that his decision to step down was due to conflict between himself and health minister ...

By Orrin Singh and Zama Luthuli

AfriForum, doctors back in court on Monday to fight for use of ivermectin ...

A court case brought by a group of doctors and lobby group AfriForum involving the right of doctors and pharmacists to ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid has robbed SA’s poor of lives, money, resilience and hope

New study reveals the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the livelihoods and lives of township residents

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Cancelling Easter services is insult to Christians, say church bodies

SA National Christian Forum vows court action if government’s lockdown curbs force it to abandon services

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Covid-19 vaccine rollout: 200,000-a-day jabs plan unveiled

The government has finally unveiled details of its vaccine rollout plan, which sets an ambitious target of inoculating ...

Employees can be fired for flouting Covid-19 regulations, experts say

Legal advisors say employers can discipline workers who flout Covid-19 rules outside of work, but only if they have the ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Just more than 500 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in SA in the past 24 hours

SA recorded just 510 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday night.

By TimesLIVE

Beware! Experts expect third wave to hit by end of March

With a third coronavirus wave certain to hit within weeks, experts call for a concerted awareness drive

By Prof Azwinndini Muronga and Prof Darelle van Greunen

Out of 85 new Covid-19 deaths in SA, 70 are in KwaZulu-Natal

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest Covid-19 stats which recorded fatalities linked to the ...

By TimesLIVE

Shoppers raring to take ‘revenge’ on pandemic by spending savings

US retail sales are near record highs and employment and vaccinations are on the rise

By Agency Staff

'They miss their families': How Covid-19 left elderly cut off from loved ...

For months, silence reigned in pensioner Amy Green’s tiny Durban flat.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
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