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22 October 2021 - 06:15 By TimesLIVE

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Rhodes University set to enforce mandatory Covid-19 vaccination

Rhodes University’s council this week approved a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination rule for the resumption of face-to-face ...

By Adrienne Carlisle

Music fans turn up the vol to mute Covid-19

Listening time through subscription audio streaming has risen 51% as people look to music for comfort: study

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

PATRICK BUTHELEZI | Out of Covid chaos comes opportunity

Now is the time for stakeholders to unite in support of businesses, upskill employees and include the unemployed

By Patrick Buthelezi

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SA records 591 Covid-19 cases, 80 deaths in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded 591 new Covid-19 cases and 80 deaths in the past 24 hours, the latest NICD statistics showed.

By TimesLIVE

Adolescents getting jabbed could be ‘wake-up call’ for elders, says top ...

They also don’t need consent, but so what? ‘They make many important decisions without  parents every day’

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Pfizer jab lowers infection risk by 93% in adolescents, Israelis find

Three-month study confirms Pfizer’s effectiveness against the deadly Delta variant

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

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One in seven patients ‘missed cancer surgery during Covid-19 lockdowns’

One in seven cancer patients around the world has missed out on potentially life-saving operations during Covid-19 ...

As is the case with Covid-19, breathing spreads TB and not coughing: study

Researchers believe the latest finding helps explain why overcrowded spaces, like prisons and informal settlements, ...

UCT one rubber-stamp away from ‘no jab, no entry’ policy from 2022

The council of the University of Cape Town (UCT) has given in-principle approval to a proposal that all staff and ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What side effects can my child expect ...

The vaccine rollout for children between 12 and 17 years old will kick off from Wednesday.

‘I would tell them to f**k off’: Restaurant owner pushes back after taking ...

When Angelo Zachariades, the owner of Mozambik in Menlyn Mall, Pretoria, tweeted his pride that all his staff members ...

IEC clears the air: ‘You don’t need to produce a vaccination certificate ...

The Electoral Commission has cleared the air on rumours that voters need to be vaccinated before heading to the polls ...

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Children can choose to vaccinate or not, 'but should chat to an adult ...

“It is recommended that parents have open discussions with children about the benefits of Covid-19 vaccine to make an ...

Covid-19: 453 new cases, 50 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

There were 453 new Covid-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

Devastating impact of Covid-19 shows on Airports Company SA's books

Passenger figures in SA for the year fell by 78%.

By TimesLIVE

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Questions and anxiety: Here's what kids think of getting the Covid-19 ...

In interviews with TimesLIVE, conducted before last week's announcement, four 13-year-old children from the Red Cross ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do vaccination certificates expire?

Five important things you need to know about the e-certificates.

Covid-19: 210 cases, seven deaths in SA in 24 hours, NICD says

There were just 210 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths recorded in SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

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A meme a day won’t keep Covid away, but will reduce related stress, says ...

The research has also found that coronavirus-related content can boost people’s confidence

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Covid-19: 210 cases, seven deaths in SA in 24 hours, NICD says

There were just 210 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths recorded in SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

'There will be major pushback': lawyer on children 'not needing parental ...

A lawyer has criticised the health department for saying children over 12 did not need their parents' consent to get ...

COVID-19 NEWS

NGOs scramble to dampen Covid-19's impact on people living with HIV

HIV professionals battling to maintain services during the coronavirus pandemic have been adopting innovative methods.

By Benjamin Ryan and Kim Harrisberg

Failure to launch: SA rejects Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine over HIV concerns

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has not approved the Sputnik V vaccine because of concerns that ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

'We don’t want to work against parents': Gauteng government wants children ...

Gauteng premier David Makhura says his government is working on a programme that will allow children to be vaccinated ...

COVID-19 NEWS

50% capacity at stadiums for sport events on the cards if Covid-19 rate ...

SA is pushing ahead with plans to reopen stadiums for sport events as the country’s “Return to Play” programme gathers ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Wits SRC wants free on-campus Covid-19 tests for students who don't want ...

Wits student representative council president Nhlonipho Nxumalo has lamented the financial implications of proposed ...

R11bn more allocated to presidential employment stimulus — How do you rate ...

More than 550,00 young people have benefited from the stimulus package, more than 390,000 jobs have been created and ...

COVID-19 NEWS

LISTEN | 'They're really going to struggle': How children orphaned by ...

The co-author of a recent study, Prof Lucie Cluver, said statistics showed that “one in every 200 South African ...

Khanyisile Ngcobo
Story producer

Children aged 12-17 set to get coronavirus vaccinations

Health minister Joe Phaahla said the electronic registration system would be open for this age group from Wednesday ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Covid-19: 733 new cases, 56 deaths in SA in the past 24 hours, NICD says

There were 733 new Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, according to the latest NICD ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records another day of fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 infections

SA recorded another day of fewer than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, according to figures from the NICD on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What is 'Covid toes' and how do I know ...

Arer your toes swelling and turning red or a purplish colour? This could be a sign of a condition dubbed “Covid toes”.

Covid-19: SA records 942 new cases, 37 deaths in 24 hours

There were fewer than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA on Wednesday, the NICD said.

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Gauteng nears halfway mark for residents with at least one Covid-19 jab

In the Johannesburg metro, 2.3-million vaccines have been administered to its population of 4.4-million.

By TimesLIVE

Limited alcohol sales and relaxed curfew: Here’s what voting day under ...

The health department has published a new advisory with recommendations the government should consider during the local ...

Healthcare workers burning out from Covid-19 burden

Healthcare workers are suffering mental health strain, depression and heightened anxiety brought on by the Covid-19 ...

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I've got my jab, so why haven't I ...

The Gauteng health department says people who have not received their vaccination code via SMS should confirm their ...

Scuffles with police as fans without tickets try to get into FNB Stadium

An entrance to the FNB Stadium in Soweto had to be closed on Tuesday evening after fans without tickets for the Bafana ...

More than 10-million South Africans fully vaccinated — here’s how long ...

Since the advent of Covid-19 in the country in March last year, SA has experienced three waves of the pandemic, ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Just 201 cases and 29 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours: NICD

There were just 201 new Covid-19 infections recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

Numbers are adding up: ‘SA herd immunity is starting to work’

All nine provinces are through the third Covid-19 wave and SA is in a ‘good place’, says CSIR’s Dr Ridhwaan Suliman

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

Covid-19: 592 new cases, 83 deaths recorded in SA in 24 hours

There were 592 new Covid-19 cases recorded in SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I’m quarantining at home- What symptoms ...

Symptoms to watch out for while in isolation include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches or ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Gauteng offices to be pop-up Covid-19 vaccination sites: here's how it'll ...

The Gauteng health department says vaccination is necessary to reopen the economy and for the country to return to ...

All systems go for National Senior Certificate exams

The exams, which officially start on October 27 and end on December 7, will be written at more than 11,000 exam centres.

Prega Govender
Journalist

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I've lost my vaccine card/ EVDS number, ...

Vaccinated people who lost their vaccine card can replace the card and the unique 12-digit Electronic Vaccination Data ...

Western Cape angling for UK tourists after SA's exit from travel red list

Nearly 200,000 UK tourists used to visit the Western Cape every year. And now, after the UK removed SA from its ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

SA to be removed from UK red list for international travel from Monday

SA is among 47 countries to be removed from the UK travel red list from Monday.

COVID-19 NEWS

OPINION | Reaching herd immunity will allow government to shift its focus ...

Without reforms, SA will be stuck in a low-growth environment, even when Covid-19 becomes a thing of the past, writes ...

By Ndivhuho Netshitenzhe

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I'm planning to fall pregnant soon, is ...

Women should not avoid getting pregnant after getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

Premature e-vaccination: jab certificates available but website still not ...

Many South Africans were perplexed after they downloaded their digital vaccine certificate, only to be told by social ...

By TANYA FARBER

COVID-19 NEWS

Long Covid is caused by micro clots, SA research suggests

Another study has found that nearly 40% of Covid-19 survivors experience at least one long-term symptom

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

LISTEN | SA's Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate system 'in testing ...

The national health department has appealed for patience while it tests a Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate ...

By TimesLIVE

Up to 60% of children have feelings of depression made worse by Covid-19

Covid-19 has worsened depression, with on average 50-60% of young people in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing negative ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Silently and without fanfare, government launches Covid-19 online ...

A notice on the website states that only those who are fully Covid-19 vaccinated can receive their digital certificate. ...

By TimesLIVE

Vaccinating taxi drivers will help the industry back on its feet: Santaco

Santaco spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa said taxi drivers are at a higher risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19.

Mboweni describes as ‘a great betrayal’ the looting of Covid-19 funds

Former finance minister Tito Mboweni says it is imperative that perpetrators of corruption are pursued and face the ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

COVID-19 NEWS

Cyril Ramaphosa assures that Covid-19 jab won’t affect you in the bedroom

The Covid-19 vaccine does not cause infertility in women and erectile dysfunction in men, President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

Want to get your Covid-19 vaccine and flu jab at the same time? You can, ...

It is safe for people to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and a flu shot at the same time and does not negatively affect the ...

By Alistair Smout

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How do I minimise the risk of getting ...

Here's seven handy tips to remember when heading out to eat.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Gauteng cops arrest scores of drunk drivers

Gauteng police have arrested 960 suspects, including 85 alleged drunk drivers, while enforcing lockdown regulations at ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can I get the flu shot and Covid-19 jab ...

Both vaccines are important but should not be given at the same time.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

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'It's about the elections': Scientists decry Ramaphosa's Covid-19 gamble

An early fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, thousands of avoidable deaths and the possibility of spending the festive ...

By AMANDA KHOZA, TANYA FARBER and PAUL ASH

PODCAST | What has caused SA’s shift in vaccine thinking?

Khwezi Science Report chats with Prof Keymanthri Moodley about anti-vaxxers and vaccine passports

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Suspension of health officials 'must not' impede vaccine rollout: ...

The recent suspension of several high-ranking health officials implicated in the Digital Vibes fraud scandal should not ...

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

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Covid-19 survivor, 89, raises 'funds for families of healthcare workers ...

Recovery from Covid-19 at the age of 89, at the same time as living with chronic kidney disease and prostate cancer, ...

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

GERALD WANGENGE-OUMA | Faced with funding cuts and Covid-19, universities ...

SA’s 26 public universities are under pressure, with financial sustainability and Covid-19 the top two risks. Financial ...

By Gerald Wangenge-Ouma

Smokers much more likely to get severe Covid-19 and die, say UK scientists

Smokers are more likely to get serious Covid-19 and die of the disease, a first-of-its-kind study has found.

By Claudia Harrison

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We could save 20,000 lives, says Ramaphosa as he pleads for SA to vaccinate

As President Cyril Ramaphosa moved SA to lockdown level 1 from Friday, he announced that the health department was ...

Covid-19: 1,678 new cases and 101 deaths across SA in 24 hours

SA recorded 1,678 new Covid-19 cases and 101 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

SA moves back to lockdown level 1

The last time SA was under level 1 was between March and May this year.

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

RECORDED | President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm, the presidency confirmed on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

IN FULL | Level 1, vaccines, booze, curfew and gatherings: Ramaphosa's ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that SA would move back to lockdown level 1

By TimesLIVE

Gauteng is ready to move to level 1, says David Makhura

Should the national state of disaster be scrapped?

COVID-19 NEWS

Legal action looms over Shembe march in Durban

Members of the Ebuhleni faction of the Nazareth Baptist Church could face legal action after a march which saw ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

Increase in digital bank fraud as criminals cash in on pandemic: Sabric

With more South Africans shopping and transacting online during the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a significant ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

SA's TB burden continues to grow as Covid-19 gets all the attention

According to the latest report by an international organisation the Stop TB Partnership, during the coronavirus ...

Business for SA fumes over UK red list despite clear evidence to the ...

B4SA is “disappointed” about the UK’s stance on travel to SA and has asked that “trade and commercial relations” ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Maties machine-learning tool coughs up the truth about Covid-19

Stellenbosch University researchers used two datasets to develop a tool that identifies Covid-19 coughs

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Here’s why Ramaphosa hasn’t called a new lockdown level family meeting yet

The president said the new restrictions would be reviewed after two weeks "depending on the state of the pandemic".

Vaxxing question: Why did Covax give far more doses to UK than most poor ...

Body plans to overhaul methodology to take into account the proportion of a country’s vaccinated population

By Francesco Guarascio

EDITORIAL | Covid and lives be damned, all politicians want is votes

Manifesto launches ahead of local polls, in the midst of Covid-19, prove politicos only care about themselves

COVID-19 NEWS

'We have exited the third wave,' says NICD as Covid-19 numbers fall

The third coronavirus wave is officially over in SA, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What is the difference between the ...

Two types of Covid-19 vaccine, namely Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), have been approved in SA with ...

IN PICS | Masks burn in Durban as protesters call for vaccines and ...

Several groups marched to Durban's high court on Monday, where they burnt their masks in protest against what they deem ...

Yasantha Naidoo
Durban bureau chief

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How do I know if I have 'long Covid'?

Patients with persistent Covid-19 symptoms should be examined by healthcare professionals who will rule out other ...

'Sustained downward trend': SA records 2,200 new Covid-19 cases and 160 ...

SA recorded 2,197 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours as the "sustained downward trend" in new infections ...

By TimesLIVE

Boarding call: SA cracks the nod to taxi onto US vaccinated travel list

The country will relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreigners in November

By David Shepardson and Andrea Shalal

COVID-19 NEWS

Approved for the R350 grant? You can now collect your payment at Pick n ...

Beneficiaries of the R350 social relief of distress grant can collect their payment from Pick n Pay and Boxer stores ...

Covid will likely shift from pandemic to endemic, but what does that mean?

The virus could vanish through public effort or go the way of the common cold, say scientists

By Lara Herrero and Eugene Madzokere

Pfizer-BioNTech data shows Covid-19 vaccine safe and protective in children

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their Covid-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in five to ...

By Michael Erman

COVID-19 NEWS

EDITORIAL | Red list? It’s starting to look more like a blacklist

The UK seems to have unbanned just about every country except SA from its Covid-19 list

Right to bodily integrity must be balanced with right to safe working ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa says while the government respects workers' right to bodily integrity when it comes to ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

Lindiwe Sisulu welcomes Germany's decision to remove SA from Covid-19 ...

Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu says Germany’s decision to remove SA from its list of Covid-19 "high-risk" countries ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 1,500 new Covid-19 cases, 42 deaths in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded just 1,504 Covid-19 cases and 42 deaths in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 patient expected the worst but has been ‘treated like a queen’ at ...

Khabo Sithole has been pleasantly surprised by the top-class treatment she is receiving at Clairwood Hospital.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Are we vaccinating to reach herd ...

Prof Shabir Madhi says reaching herd immunity is not the reason for vaccinating people against Covid-19.

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 doctors ready to take the plunge in snorkel masks when next wave ...

When the next Covid-19 wave crashes down on healthworkers, snorkelling equipment could save them.

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

Experts welcome Covid-19 jab for kids

Experts have welcomed the green light from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) for the ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Data shows 98% of over-60s who died in Western Cape at peak of Covid-19 ...

Data collected over a week during the peak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Western Cape indicates ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

SA’s excess deaths: what is known and where the gaps are

Health department numbers reflect those known to have died and positive cases, but miss many fatalities

By Ina Skosana

Eastern Cape exceeds the 1-million Covid-19 vaccination mark

More than a million people have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape, the provincial health ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Cape candle firm boss in court for Covid-19 relief fund fraud

The Hawks have swooped on a Western Cape candle maker for alleged Covid-19 relief fund fraud.

COVID-19 NEWS

'No reasonable basis' for UK to keep SA on travel red list, says Pandor

International relations and co-operation (Dirco) minister Naledi Pandor said on Sunday there was "no reasonable basis" ...

Covid-19: Booster shots nice to have, but not SA priority

Booster shots may offer over-60s an almost 20-fold increase in protection against severe Covid-19, research on fully ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

BARNEY MTHOMBOTHI | Covid’s scythe has made ‘normal’ life a distant ...

During the course of a random chat with a friend the other day, I nonchalantly asked after a mutual acquaintance.

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Vaccine passports and jabs for kids are on the way, says Joe Phaahla

“Salons might say, 'no vaccinations, no weaves', but it will not be because it is a government rule,” health minister ...

By Dave Chambers

Mandatory workplace jabs should weigh up operational needs and workers' ...

Employers who are considering implementing mandatory workplace vaccinations should balance operational requirements ...

No provinces record more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases as 'downward trend' ...

Just three provinces had more than 500 new cases in the past day.

By TimesLIVE

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Children too at risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation, new report shows

According to a National Institute for Communicable Disease report, children as young as 15 have lost their lives due to ...