Covid-19 in numbers: Get the latest figures

20 June 2021 - 07:00 By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Take extra precautions: 13,575 new Covid cases in a day as third wave soars

A further 149 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 58,590.

By TimesLIVE

CHRIS VICK | Being born again, thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine

Far from the madding crowd, a group of gogos from Worcester in the Western Cape leave their local clinic singing a ...

By Chris Vick

With the third wave in full swing, doctors fear being overwhelmed

Gauteng doctors, swamped by skyrocketing Covid-19 infections, are bracing for the worst as SA's third wave sees them ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 surge rides the party wave, say scientists

The accelerating third wave of Covid-19 isn't something that's happening to us, it's something we're creating, say ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Plan for youth to help Covid-19 registration drive

The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative could be revived to boost Covid-19 vaccination registrations.

By Amanda Khoza and Claire Keeton

Class rotation 'a disaster for kids' futures', says experts

While teacher unions have welcomed the decision to keep schools open as the vaccination of teachers gets under way next ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

All teachers to be vaccinated by July 8, says Angie Motshekga

All teachers will receive a Covid-19 vaccination by the time the winter school holiday begins, basic education minister ...

By TimesLIVE

Russian, Chinese vaccines on way but they won't be a magic bullet for SA

SA’s negotiations to secure the Sputnik V and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are “at an advanced stage” but, even if ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

UPDATE | Government response to third wave of Covid-19 pandemic

Due to a lacklustre response to stricter measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, coupled with rising numbers ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records more than 10,500 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

SA recorded more than 10,510 new Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for ...

By TimesLIVE

SANDF medics deployed as Covid-19 surges in Gauteng

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that the SANDF military health service was being ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

French government to vaccinate its citizens in SA

This week the French embassy in SA and the consulates-general of Cape Town and Johannesburg announced that they will be ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Stay at home: Western Cape government asks residents to avoid braais and ...

The Western Cape health department said its surveillance teams had picked up that many cluster outbreaks were a result ...

Covid-19 cases in Gauteng schools continue to rise

There are now 4,700 Covid-19 cases in Gauteng schools, said provincial education department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Aged 50 to 59? Alan Winde wants you to be able to register for the ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde says it's time for the government to open up Covid-19 vaccine registrations for ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 third wave causing 'panic and misery' at Gauteng schools: Lesufi

'The third wave is causing immeasurable panic and misery in our schools,' Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on ...

Walmer, Summerstrand, Kariega are Nelson Mandela Bay’s Covid-19 hotspots

Nelson Mandela Bay has recorded 347 new Covid-19 cases, with Walmer, Kariega and Summerstrand identified as hotspots in ...

By Herald Reporter

Nurses 'overwhelmed, at risk of burnout' as cases soar above 13,000

'The private sector is already almost at full capacity and the public sector is already not coping. Where are the ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Rise in child Covid-19 infections 'a reflection of what is happening in ...

Prof Haroon Saloojee, of Wits University's paediatrics and child health department, said in both previous waves, ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Western Cape officially enters third wave with 9,300 active Covid-19 cases

The province has officially entered the third wave of Covid-19, says the head of health Dr Keith Cloete.

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

'Black excellence in business, you ran your race' — SA pays tribute to ...

The ANC said Mabuza will be remembered for his contribution to the business landscape and the reconstruction and ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records more than 13,200 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

SA recorded more than 13,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

Gauteng hurtling towards ‘very serious’ third-wave peak and only you can ...

Experts say people have become lax, predicting it will hit within weeks and be almost as bad as the first surge

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

EDITORIAL | South Africans must get over Covid-19 fatigue and take things ...

Government seems to have learnt from its mistakes. It’s time for citizens to do the same before more people starve

COVID-19 NEWS

Gauteng hurtling towards ‘very serious’ third-wave peak and only you can ...

Experts say people have become lax, predicting it will hit within weeks and be almost as bad as the first surge

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

EFF won’t comply with level 3 laws even if it means jail time, says Malema ...

As the country commemorated Youth Day on Wednesday, EFF leader Julius Malema launched a scathing attack on government, ...

WATCH | Booze restrictions, curfew and level 3: Ramaphosa clamps down ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday moved the country to lockdown level 3 amid a surge of Covid-19 cases, particularly ...

Deepa Kesa
Multimedia producer

COVID-19 NEWS

‘We are in big trouble, it’s time to wake up’: Gauteng doctor as Covid-19 ...

We are not taking the third wave of Covid-19 infections seriously enough, warns a doctor in Gauteng.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Gauteng DA wants the provincialisation of ambulances halted amid Covid-19 ...

Jack Bloom called for the provincialisation to be halted as more residents may need ambulances amid the looming threat ...

EFF lambastes Sahpra for ‘refusing’ to administer other vaccines in SA ...

The EFF accused Sahpra of allegedly bowing to political pressure and influence.

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 5,552 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours with two-thirds in Gauteng

The positivity rate of new cases - the number of positive results against the number of tests taken in 24 hours - ...

By TimesLIVE

Aspen says Covid-19 vaccines for SA teachers ready 'within days'

The pharmaceutical company says it is 'extremely disappointed' that it has to destroy vaccines that were destined for ...

By TimesLIVE

Aspen to release fresh J&J vaccines within one week

Pharmaceutical firm Aspen Pharmacare will release a fresh batch of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines within a ...

By Promit Mukherjee

COVID-19 NEWS

‘It’s very bad’: Gauteng private hospitals take strain as third wave hits

“You will not get a bed for Covid-19. It is extremely difficult. People are also lying in the casualty [wards] in the ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

‘Contaminated is not something you want to hear after vaccination’ - SA ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the CEO of Aspen assured him they will start manufacturing vaccine batches from scratch ...

Millions of ‘possibly contaminated’ J&J vaccines to be discarded: four ...

After reviewing data provided by the US Food and Drug Administration, the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority has ...

COVID-19 NEWS

300,000 J&J Covid vaccine doses will be used in SA, but the rest are ...

"Sahpra reviewed the data provided by the FDA and has made a decision not to release vaccines produced using the drug ...

By TimesLIVE

63% of new Covid-19 infections are in Gauteng

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has recorded 9,320 new Covid-19 cases in SA, it said on Saturday night.

By TimesLIVE

KES closed for a week as 34 boys test positive for Covid-19

One of Johannesburg’s leading boys’ schools, King Edward VII, has been forced to close due to a spike in Covid-19 ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Acting health minister hints tighter lockdown restrictions are on the cards

As Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the country, acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said her department ...

Empowerment better than enforcement to improve Covid-19 compliance, ...

Lessons from combating HIV have taught SA that communication is key for Covid-19 compliance too, says the National ...

By TimesLIVE

Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba succumbs to Covid-19 complications

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has confirmed the death of its national spokesperson, ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records more than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, 1,000 admitted ...

SA recorded just over 8,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases ...

By TimesLIVE

'Real possibility' that J&J vaccines ready to be used in SA might not ...

There is a "real possibility" that the Johnson & Johnson vaccines ready to be distributed to South Africans from the ...

By TimesLIVE

‘We are feeling the pressure’: Gauteng hospital CEO as third wave hits

Many hospital facilities in Gauteng 'overwhelmed with the increase in Covid-19 positive patients', says Tembisa ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Western Cape officially entering its third wave of Covid-19, says premier

The province has not quite passed the threshold of the technical definition, but premier Alan Winde said on Thursday ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Lessons learnt from HIV became the mainstay of our Covid-19 response: ...

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said SA used the lessons learnt in tackling the HIV/Aids pandemic to ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Cape Town convention centre goes from field hospital to mass vaccination ...

A few months ago it was a packed Covid-19 field hospital, and within weeks the Cape Town Internatioonal Convention ...

By TimesLIVE

SA likely to be hit by a 'mini' fourth wave in December, says Prof Salim ...

Prof Salim Abdool Karim believes that the country may be hit by a "mini" fourth wave in December. Factors involved are ...

NMU shuts down classes as Covid-19 numbers rise

Ten new Covid-19 cases among Nelson Mandela University students in Gqeberha in the past 24 hours has prompted the ...

By Herald Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Nearly 9,150 new Covid-19 cases recorded in SA in 24 hours as third wave ...

The figures from the past seven days, according to the NICD, mean the third wave of the infections has officially hit ...

By TimesLIVE

More Covid-19 vaccine sites for Nelson Mandela Bay

The new sites come after weeks of the vaccine rollout being disrupted by a shortage of availability of the jab.

By Yolanda Palezweni

Gauteng health department worried by spike in new Covid-19 cases

There were 8,881 Covid-19 cases recorded on Wednesday across SA, with Gauteng accounting for 5,111 of them — 58% of the ...

COVID-19 NEWS

The low-down on Covid-19 around the world, including Gauteng spike

Updates from India, Australia, the UAE and more

By Reuters and Bloomberg

J&J vaccine holdup endures as SA awaits information from US

SA cannot yet approve the rollout of the next phase of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination programme, despite the ...

By TimesLIVE

Gogo becomes the oldest person to receive Covid-19 jab in SA, says health ...

Nomamelika Philiso received her vaccine at her home in Mandleni, Alfred Nzo municipality in the Eastern Cape, the ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 3,200 new Covid-19 cases, 89 deaths in 24 hours

SA stands on the verge of 1.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases after 3,285 new infections were recorded in the past 24 ...

By TimesLIVE

Criselda Kananda on surviving Covid-19 pneumonia: I feared for my life

"For the first time, even I feared for my life," Criselda shared.

Chrizelda Kekana
Entertainment reporter

Covid-19 hits Bafana Bafana camp: Percy Tau and Sipho Mbule out of SA's ...

Bafana Bafana were dealt a huge blow before their international friendly match against Uganda in Soweto on Thursday ...

Tiisetso Malepa
Sports reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Joburg and Tshwane seeing bulk of new Covid-19 infections in Gauteng

There are 3,062 people in hospital for Covid-19 in Gauteng, the health department said on Sunday.

By TimesLIVE

J&J side effects are rare. Here’s the underlying reason for them

Investigation by leading experts has reached its conclusions on whether vaccines and blood clots are linked

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Teachers are definitely next in the vaccine queue. The only question is ...

Other school staff will also benefit from the roll-out, the start of which depends on a green light from US authorities

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Joburg and Tshwane seeing bulk of new Covid-19 infections in Gauteng

There are 3,062 people in hospital for Covid-19 in Gauteng, the health department said on Sunday.

By TimesLIVE

Patricia de Lille confirms Covid-19 diagnosis, now isolating

Public works and infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille has tested positive for Covid-19, she said on Sunday.

By TimesLIVE

S'THEMBISO MSOMI | Mkhize is Ramaphosa's problem, not ours

Depending on who you spoke to among those who regarded themselves as being in President Cyril Ramaphosa's inner circle ...

S'thembiso Msomi
Editor: Sunday Times

COVID-19 NEWS

Don't wait, get vaccinated - David Makhura to elderly people

Gauteng residents over the age of 60 have been urged to visit their nearest vaccination site for a Covid-19 jab even if ...

By Pail Ash and Tanya Farber

'It's a happy time': Sharp eyes and big smiles in Covid-19 vaccine lines

It took just one granny suspected of wanting to jump the queue at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Wednesday to get ...

By ALEX PATRICK, ARON HYMAN and MLULEKI MDLETSHE

SA rides new Covid-19 wave with greater calm

Professor Koleka Mlisana is keeping a cool head.

By TANYA FARBER, CLAIRE KEETON and PAUL ASH

COVID-19 NEWS

R14bn PPE stain attests to 'industrial-scale' looting

A partial audit of the billions of rands the government spent fighting Covid-19 paint a picture of looting on an ...

By SAM MKOKELI

Gauteng school sanitation saga: SIU freezes assets, goes after millions in ...

In a matter of weeks, the directors of seven companies contracted to decontaminate Gauteng schools during last year's ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

A new commitment for vaccine equity and defeating the pandemic

As preparations are made for the G7 Summit in the UK next week, top of the agenda is how to end the Covid-19 pandemic ...

By KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA, TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, DAVID MALPASS and NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

COVID-19 NEWS

KZN has vaccinated over 225,000 pensioners, says health MEC

More than 225,000 senior citizens have so far received their Covid-19 vaccine shots in KwaZulu-Natal.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Social development minister admits ending Covid-19 grant will fuel hunger

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has admitted that terminating relief programmes, including the R350 Covid-19 ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

More stats show the third wave of Covid-19 is starting to engulf SA

Having gone as low as 0.5 at the beginning of February, SA's latest Covid-19 reproduction number is now 1.33.

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases for second straight day

SA recorded 5,360 new Covid-19 cases and 54 deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on ...

By TimesLIVE

Vaccines could be available to teachers within a week, KZN health head ...

Speculation is rife that an announcement by the basic education department on the vaccination rollout programme for ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

SA expects FDA nod for Johnson & Johnson vaccines by Friday

The US Food and Drug Administration’s move will clear the way for the government to rapidly scale up its mass ...

By Tamar Kahn

Here's why some people are sceptical about Covid-19 vaccines

'People used to say you die if you get vaccinated,' says Emily Mohapi, 99, one of the first people from Protea South to ...

Stock-outs loom at some vaccination sites as J&J jabs are held back

The Western Cape health department confirmed on Thursday that the delayed arrival of J&J vaccines to the country will ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

OPINION | Covid-19: To complain or to innovate? That’s the question

Reports vary but it is estimated that in the last year alone, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost due to Covid-19. ...

By Dean Hiine

Gauteng cases surging as SA records 5,782 new Covid-19 infections in 24 ...

The health ministry announced that there were 5,782 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

Closure of Limpopo airport causes hardship

The suspension of commercial flights at the Polokwane International Gateway Airport two months ago has resulted in the ...

By Peter Ramothwala

COVID-19 NEWS

SA expects FDA nod for Johnson & Johnson vaccines by Friday

The US Food and Drug Administration’s move will clear the way for the government to rapidly scale up its mass ...

By Tamar Kahn

Alarming rise in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Covid-19 cases

The number of active Covid-19 cases has more than doubled in Nelson Mandela Bay within three weeks.

By Michael Kimberley

Increased testing behind alarming Covid-19 surge in Northern Cape, says ...

The Northern Cape is now able to test between 12,000 and 30,000 people every month for Covid-19, premier Zamani Saul ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

A million people now vaccinated against Covid-19 in SA: Mkhize

More than a million people have now been vaccinated against Covid-19 in SA.

By TimesLIVE

‘Stricter measures are needed’: SA Medical Association on lockdown

New restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19 are not enough, warns the SA Medical Association.

‘Prioritise us for vaccination’, say teacher unions

With primary school pupils returning on a full-time basis from next month, teacher unions have asked to be prioritised ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records nearly 2,800 new Covid-19 cases and 67 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 2,792 new Covid-19 cases and 67 fatalities in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on ...

By TimesLIVE

‘He pulled some Bushiri on us’: Malema’s prediction about lockdown level 2 ...

This is not the first time EFF leader Julius Malema’s hints about lockdown have been correct.

Back to primary school daily on July 26, but not in Covid-19 ‘hotspot’ ...

SA primary schools in areas falling under alert levels 3 (hotspot) and 4 (high-risk hotspot) will have to continue with ...

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

President Cyril Ramaphosa moves SA to level 2

SA will move to lockdown adjusted level 2 from Monday.

By TimesLIVE

‘Spider-Man pushed us back to level 2’ - Seven social media reactions to ...

"What is the difference between level 1 and 2?" asked one social media user.

Hospitals ramp up oxygen supplies for third wave

The true number of Covid-19 infections could be 15 to 20 times higher than those reported, says Prof Ian Sanne, a ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 4,424 new Covid-19 cases, with 93 deaths

SA recorded 4,424 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, as a total of 828,204 people have now been vaccinated in the ...

By TimesLIVE

Fully recovered Covid-19 patient discharged after 127 days in Durban ...

A Durban man who had been battling Covid-19 complications since December has been discharged after a 127-day hospital ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Happiness from taverners that level 2 doesn't close the booze tap

The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed the government’s decision not to place any restrictions on the sale of ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Alan Winde says the Western Cape will vaccinate 12,000 people per day next ...

Alan Winde said the province planned its ramp-up according to the number of vaccines it is expecting to receive on ...

Tito Mboweni getting vaccinated draws mixed reaction

"Wonder if he got an sms to go for the jab or he just rocked up."

SIU has completed 40% of its Covid-19 PPE probes, but more cases pour

Special Investigating Unit head advocate Andy Mothibi says the unit has concluded 40% of the 4,117 Covid-19 related ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 schools decontamination procurement 'unlawful, haphazard, unfair'

An investigation by the SIU has revealed that the Gauteng education department did not follow due process in the ...

By Nomahlubi Sonjica and Andisiwe Makinana

282,135 people have received Covid-19 jab in phase two of vaccine rollout

SA recorded 4,623 new cases of Covid-19 infections and 102 deaths in a day. The country has a recovery rate of 94%.

By TimesLIVE

Gauteng school decontamination deals 'haphazard' and unlawful: SIU

The Special Investigating Unit has obtained an order to freeze R40.7m worth of bank accounts and assets after finding ...

COVID-19 NEWS

We were never told of Covid-19 cases — Free State parents

On Wednesday last week, a grade 12 pupil at Lephola Senior Secondary School tested positive for Covid-19 after ...

By Yoliswa Sobuwa and Penwell Dlamini

Inequality is already a vaccine obstacle in Western Cape, says premier ...

Access to Covid-19 vaccinations is already a "rich man, poor man" tale after less than two weeks.

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Covid-19 'Electronic Vaccination Data System doing what we want it to do,' ...

The deputy director-general of the health department, Dr Nicholas Crisp, says the Electronic Vaccination Data System ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Matric pupil dies from Covid-19 complications as school infections rise

An increase in Covid-19 infections at schools in the Free State has claimed the life of an 18-year-old pupil in Welkom.

KZN health department slams fake vaccine sites walk-in messages

The KwaZulu-Natal health department has shut down a fake message claiming walk-ins are welcome at several Covid-19 ...

Schools will not be closing: education department debunks rumour

The department of basic education has hit out at a manipulated image being shared on social media purporting to be an ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Experts suggest limiting gatherings as SA's Covid-19 positivity rate ...

It was the first time since mid-November that the positivity rate breached 10% on an upward trajectory, CSIR senior ...

SA records 102 Covid-19 deaths and more than 3,000 cases in 24 hours

The number of new Covid-19 cases is on the rise in all provinces, the health ministry said on Tuesday night.

By TimesLIVE

Tracking Covid-19’s long-term effects on athletes

Just over a year into the pandemic, healthcare professionals are still scratching their heads over the virus’ long-term ...

By Ockert de Villiers

COVID-19 NEWS

Step down, AfriForum tells Zweli Mkhize over Digital Vibes saga

AfriForum wants health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize to step aside until the Special Investigating Unit has finalised its ...

Zweli Mkhize distances himself from R150m contract awarded to Digital Vibes

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says he did not personally benefit from the R150m contract awarded to Digital Vibes.

Five key takeouts from Zweli Mkhize's briefing on Digital Vibes tender

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has distanced himself from individuals implicated in the controversial Digital Vibes ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 2,300 new Covid-19 cases as positivity rate passes 10%

SA recorded 2,383 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, but it is confirmation that the positivity rate had climbed ...

By TimesLIVE

Gauteng doubles vaccination sites as it ramps up rollout

The Gauteng health department has increased the number of its Covid-19 vaccination sites from 28 to 63 in an effort to ...

Netcare returns to profit as it adapts to Covid-19

Better treatment regimens and management allowed the hospital operator to recover despite the second wave.

By Karl Gernetzky

COVID-19 NEWS

Thuli Madonsela reiterates calls for extension of R350 grant

Thuli Madonsela called for politicians' "perks" to be done away with and the funds used for the distress grant.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Zero-waste food bus hopes to drive away hunger

The Skhaftin bus - named after a local slang word meaning lunch box - aims to fight hunger in the inner-city of ...

By Kim Harrisberg

Western Cape ramps up vaccine rollout

The slow pace of registrations is hampering SA's Covid-19 vaccination drive which began in earnest last week with the ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

3,300 new Covid-19 cases and 151 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

There were 3,332 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on ...

By TimesLIVE

SA's Covid-19 mortality rate among top five in world, say excess death ...

The number of deaths due to Covid-19 in 2020 was nearly three times the official toll, and SA's Covid-19 mortality rate ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

WATCH | Pastors of millions-strong ZCC get vaccinated in Limpopo

Leaders of the millions-strong Zion Christian Church (ZCC), which has not opened its doors since the onset of the ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Cosatu not happy with government's slow Covid-19 vaccination rollout

Tripartite alliance partner Cosatu has slammed the government’s slow pace in the rolling out of the Covid-19 vaccine, ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Bulk of KZN health budget to be spent on appointing 932 additional staff

More than half the R302m allocated to the KwaZulu-Natal department of health for its 2021/22 budget will be spent on ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

These are the sports children can play at school after Covid-19 bans

Cricket, tennis, softball and gymnastics are among the sports children can still play at school after contact sports ...

COVID-19 NEWS

More than 100,000 vaccinated during phase 2 of rollout

Plans to 'scale up capacity significantly in the coming days and weeks': B4SA.

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Why Prof Salim Abdool Karim believes SA’s third wave may be 'different' to ...

SA's third wave could be somewhat different compared to other countries, says Prof Salim Abdool Karim.

Old Mutual pays out R2.7bn in Covid-19 death claims in first quarter

Insurer Old Mutual said on Friday it had paid out R2.7 billion ($192.94 million) worth of Covid-19 related death claims ...

By Reuters

COVID-19 NEWS

Help over-60s without connectivity register for jabs, urges Cape premier

It will take six minutes of your time, pleads premier Alan Winde, as province braces for third wave

By Tanya Farber

DA councillor in court for Covid-19 relief 'fraud and money laundering'

Humanitarian funds of R170,000 meant for the distribution of food parcels were funnelled to a church instead.

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter

Sobering study reveals how much alcohol reduces social distancing

This should come as no surprise: when people drink, social distancing tends to fly out the window.

Sanet Oberholzer
Lifestyle writer

COVID-19 NEWS

Beware! R350 Covid-19 social relief grant 'triple pay' promise is a scam, ...

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has once again shut down a fake message making the rounds on social media, ...

Hard lockdown on the cards? Ramaphosa says it depends on the severity of ...

The severity of a Covid-19 third wave, if it happens, would determine whether SA moves to a harder lockdown level.

Union calls for shutdown of schools as Covid-19 infections among teachers ...

The Educators Union of SA (Eusa) has called for the closure of all schools in the country after reports of an increase ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Western Cape government adds 10 more vaccine sites as it speeds up rollout

The Western Cape started off with eight sites, two of which were for health workers and six for health workers and ...

DA councillor in court for Covid-19 relief 'fraud and money laundering'

Humanitarian funds of R170,000 meant for the distribution of food parcels were funnelled to a church instead.

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter

Lockdown retrenchments increase six-fold as Covid-19 lockdowns bite

Between August and October last year, Liberty was processing more than 60 retrenchment claims a month.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Vaccine rollout to those over 60 in Nelson Mandela Bay off to a slow start

The rolling out of phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccine programme in Nelson Mandela Bay was not without glitches, with one ...

By Raahil Sain

Education department suspends contact sports in schools as Covid-19 ...

All contact sport in schools is suspended with immediate effect.

DJ Warras calls out government officials for ‘not caring about the state ...

"They live soft, they are never held accountable, and their job is to just report the info. Not really to do anything ...

COVID-19 NEWS

2,355 new Covid-19 cases, 80 deaths recorded in 24 hours

SA recorded 2,355 new Covid-19 cases and 80 pandemic-related deaths in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli ...

By TimesLIVE

Western Cape golden oldies share their Covid-19 jab experiences

'Friends of mine were infected, and they were very, very sick,' said Spacia Plaaitjies, 67, from Elsies River on why ...

Rising Covid-19 load and protests put Free State hospitals under strain

Hospitals and healthcare workers face a twin onslaught as Covid-19 infections and deaths increase in the Free State and ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Vaccine rollout runs into teething problems from load-shedding to protests

Load-shedding and protest action in areas of the country have contributed to teething problems during the phase 2 ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Are you on Discovery? Here's what to expect from phase 2 of the vaccine ...

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said vaccines are free for members and non members.

SA's weak growth could fuel socioeconomic tensions — Moody's

The economy, already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic struck in March 2020, shrank by a record 7% last ...

By Reuters

COVID-19 NEWS

Violent protests disrupt vaccine rollout for the elderly in the Free State

Violent protests over poor service delivery disrupted the phase two rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Free State ...

By Shonisani Tshikalange and ALEX PATRICK

Phase two vaccine rollout for elderly started 'reasonably well': Mkhize

The number of people vaccinated at old age homes on Monday still needs to be captured.

By TimesLIVE

Union questions 'slow start' to phase two of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

'We are losing lives and the healthcare workers are on the front line. They are not just statistics.'

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Really want to halt viruses? Fix indoor air like the Victorians fixed water

Instead of obsessing on ineffective measures like hand-washing, overhaul aircons, say world’s top experts

By Jason Gale

Big hugs are in order after long-isolated grannies get their jabs at last

It’s been a long drought of no physical contact, but that is about to change with SA’s second-phase rollout

By Paul Ash, Graeme Hosken and Naledi Shange

'Thank you sister!' Desmond and Leah Tutu kick off Covid-19 jab for the ...

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah were among the first elderly people to be inoculated as the Western ...

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LISTEN | There’s nothing new or anything to fear on vaccines, says Rev ...

Reverend Frank Chikane on Monday said he had heeded the call to come in for his Covid-19 vaccination as he was hoping ...

Smooth start to vaccinations at Ekurhuleni frail care centre

Jill Fraser, one of the first people to receive a Covid-19 vaccine at the Zanele Mbeki Frail Care Centre in Nigel, ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Tshwane doctor confident the vaccine rollout will be a success

With a target of vaccinating 468 people over the age of 60 a day, Dr Mpho Shabangu is confident the programme will be a ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

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Health officials on hand to monitor for vaccine side-effects

After two hours of waiting to get his jab, 66-year-old Tommy Harris said he was relieved he would be able to go out to ...

Clicks and Dis-Chem offering Covid-19 vaccines: what you need to know

SA pharmaceutical groups Dis-Chem and Clicks have announced plans to offer Covid-19 vaccines at their retail outlets.

'I could run a race right now': Tembisa gran after getting Covid-19 vaccine

This granny was elated after getting her Covid-19 jab — and urged other elderly people to register to get vaccinated.

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Turning point in SA's 14-month fight against Covid-19: Vaccine rollout ...

“In respect of Covid-19, vaccination is the best health policy, it is the best social policy, and it is the best ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Phase 2 of vaccine rollout: here are five important things you should know

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says elderly citizens living in old age homes will be registered and vaccinated at the ...

Elderly woman paints a positive picture as she receives vaccine

"I have to live on to see my family grow — I plan to do that," said Ethelwyn van Eck, 84, as she received her Covid-19 ...

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'This is the best way of being safe': Pretoria man, 72, lines up for ...

It was all systems go at Pretoria’s FF Ribeiro Clinic, where scores of the city’s elderly and health workers queued for ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

North West allows walk-ins for this phase of Covid-19 vaccinations

A door-to-door campaign aimed at assisting in the registration for Covid-19 vaccinations will be rolled out in the ...

Soccer boss Irvin Khoza queues for Covid-19 vaccine

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza is among the senior citizens who will be vaccinated at Munsieville Centre for the ...

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Gauteng plans to inoculate 1.3 million elderly citizens in second phase of ...

The Gauteng health department said it was hoping to vaccinate just over 1.3 million people over the age of 60 during ...

Northern Cape ready for any eventuality during second phase of vaccine ...

Northern Cape health MEC Maruping Lekwene on Sunday said he was concerned about the increasing number of Covid-19 ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Free State ready to vaccinate vulnerable citizens

Free State health MEC Montseng Tsiu on Sunday said the province was ready to vaccinate more than 288,000 of its ...