Covid-19 in numbers: Get the latest figures

22 September 2021 - 06:20 By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

'Sustained downward trend': SA records 2,200 new ...

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 ...

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.

COVID-19 NEWS

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

COVID-19 NEWS

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 ...

People plan to hit the streets this weekend to oppose possible vaccine ...

Calls have been made nationally for a protest against the possible plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports.

SAA early booking figures indicate planes may be as much as 75% full, CEO ...

Flights are set to operate from Johannesburg to Cape Town, plus African capitals Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and ...

By John Bowker

COVID-19 NEWS

LISTEN | SA has been using 'vaccine passports' for years - expert

Calls have been made nationally for a protest against possible plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports.

By Paige Muller

New parents hit by lockdown blues, UCT study finds

Phillips and colleagues found prevalence of probable depression in 63% of mothers and 29% of fathers. This is 33% ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What happens if I miss my appointment ...

"You will be given three opportunities - the original appointment plus two more appointments," says the government.

COVID-19 NEWS

Criminal charges for Dis-Chem staff over 'fraudulent' Covid-19 vaccination ...

Four temporary employees have been arrested and criminally charged relating to the incident.

Human Rights Commission 'expects objections' to vaccine passports

“We are anticipating that we will receive complaints. How we intervene will depend on how the passport will be used,” ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I’ve just been vaccinated, so why did I ...

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, "the vaccine will not cause a positive Covid-19 test ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

COVID-19 NEWS

Lawyers called in over officials implicated in school sanitising scandal

Despite Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi promising 'heads will roll' within 23 hours, the department has turned to ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

'Sustained downward trend' in Covid-19, says NICD, as 4,667 new cases ...

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases said on Wednesday that the number of new Covid-19 infections across the ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Epic times as social media guru Emma Sadleir gives birth, marries and ...

“It’s been a helluva time. I had a baby, got super sick with Covid, I had got married and now I am dealing with ...

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

WATCH | ‘Get your jab so we can get back to normal’: TS Galaxy players ...

As part of a government drive to get hesitant citizens vaccinated, players for TS Galaxy FC lined up to receive their ...

By TimesLIVE

Myths and misinformation could be preventing KZN's elderly from vaccinating

The KwaZulu-Natal government believes myths and misinformation about safety of the Covid-19 vaccination may have led to ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

LISTEN | Cyril Ramaphosa's vaccine passport contradiction spotted by many

The presidency seems to have had a change of heart regarding the potential implementation of a vaccine passport system.

By TimesLIVE

SA passes 85,000 Covid-19 deaths as 125 fatalities recorded in 24 hours

SA passed another grim Covid-19 milestone, with the country now having recorded more than 85,000 fatalities linked to ...

By TimesLIVE

From Friday booze sales to gatherings - 5 ways your life will be different ...

Cyril Ramaphosa urged more people to get vaccinated, saying this would restore some degree of normality.

COVID-19 NEWS

Vaccine passport on the cards as Ramaphosa moves SA to level 2

The president loosened some restrictions and implored South Africans to spread the vaccine message

Ramaphosa announces move from adjusted level 3 to level 2 as Covid-19 ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the easing of Covid-19 regulations on Sunday evening.

By TimesLIVE

City of Cape Town issues warning against illegal events

The City of Cape Town warned on Sunday it would intensify its clampdown on illegal events in the coming weeks.

Aron Hyman
Reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

S’THEMBISO MSOMI | Message is good, but communicating it is poor

We like to think of ourselves as a soccer-mad nation.So it was reasonable for authorities to believe that the ...

S'thembiso Msomi
Editor: Sunday Times

HILARY JOFFE: Mines have best case for making workplace vaccination ...

As it happens, the mining industry is not covered by the department of labour directive issued in June that allows ...

By Hilary Joffe

Durban judge wants proof of Covid-19 jab or you’re barred from courtroom

A Durban high court judge presiding over a R28m corruption case involving KwaZulu-Natal ANC deputy chair Mike ...

By Tania Broughton

COVID-19 NEWS

What you said: We should not have total booze bans during Covid-19 waves

Sixty-one percent said total booze bans should be scrapped, while 24% said partial bans are "weak sauce" and total bans ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Sahpra approves Pfizer Covid-19 shot for children 12 and up

The South African Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use by children aged 12 ...

By Emma Rumney

'If Ramaphosa doesn't ease lockdown restrictions ... we aren't going to ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce relief for the hospitality trade by further easing some lockdown ...

By AMANDA KHOZA and APHIWE DEKLERK

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can I catch Covid-19 from bank notes ...

The risk of catching Covid-19 from paper money or bank cards is low compared to person-to-person contact.

'My illness has worked out for good': Covid-19 anti-vaxxer becomes jab ...

A severe Covid-19 infection left anti-vaxxer Vanessa Joubert on a ventilator in ICU for 42 days, and led to her and her ...

Dhlomo urges MPs to use election campaign to encourage SA to get vaccinated

Deputy minister of health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has told parliament that the upcoming local government elections are ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Digital vaccination certificates just a week away, says health ministry

The new certificates will be uploadable on a smartphone and will be printable too.

By Tanya Farber

Africa gets major boost in efforts to track and trace Covid-19 changes

New disease variants, as shown by Covid-19's Delta, can change the course of pandemics, and identifying these changes ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

More than 5-million new people applied for the R350 grant this time around

By the end of August about 4.7-million R350 grant applicants had been paid.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

COVID-19 NEWS

‘Africa must vaccinate quickly because it’s not winning the Covid battle’

As the fourth wave hits, millions of donated jabs have not arrived, with the continent down to 23% of what it had

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | If I have Covid during my second jab, ...

"At the end of the day, it probably doesn't really matter if you get the vaccine without realising you have Covid-19, ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

SA set for eased lockdown restrictions as new infections slow

The government is preparing to ease restrictions that were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus after a ...

By S'thembile Cele and Loni Prinsloo

COVID-19 NEWS

Vaccine status checks and price hikes as Sanlam manages huge Covid bill, ...

The rate of rollout of vaccinations has a significant bearing on the prospects for SA's economic recovery, says the ...

By TimesLIVE

Be sports and vaccinate, students, or tertiary bodies may make life prickly

Universities and colleges are looking at ways to get them jabbed, including asking for negative Covid-19 tests

Prega Govender
Journalist

NICD says SA showing 'sustained downward trend' in Covid-19 cases

There were 6,270 new Covid-19 cases and 175 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Thursday.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Declined for the R350 grant? Here’s why and how to appeal

As the SA Social Service Agency rolls out the R350 social relief of distress grants to approved beneficiaries, some are ...

Ticket to ride: fans with jabs to jump the queue for sport and concerts

The vaccination social mobilisation campaign is offering free sport and concert tickets to vaccinated fans

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

POLL | Should SA adopt a total booze ban during Covid-19 waves?

A study showed full alcohol bans during levels 4 and 5 were effective at reducing trauma cases, while partial bans were ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Third wave over in Gauteng and Limpopo, says NICD, as SA records 7,338 new ...

“Gauteng and Limpopo have already met the end-of-wave threshold criteria," NICD acting executive director Prof Adrian ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

Almost 9-million applications came in for Covid-19 R350 grant

Almost 9-million South Africans have applied for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.

RECORDED | Deputy president David Mabuza launches Covid-19 vaccination ...

Deputy president David Mabuza accompanied by health minister Joe Phaahla and sports, arts and culture minister Nathi ...

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | I am fully vaccinated, where can I ...

Fully vaxxed and ready to put a fresh stamp on your passport? Here's where you can visit.

Medical and dental deans call for compulsory vaccination of health science ...

The SA Committee of Medical Deans and the SA Committee of Dental Deans have made a call for the compulsory vaccination ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

No jab, no consult: Mpumalanga doctor's stance sees unvaccinated patients ...

“I was tired of seeing my patients die, that’s why I came up with that notice” ... these are the words of Dr Tafara ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Get the jab, pleads life insurer as it reveals extent of Covid-19 death ...

Momentum Metropolitan's life insurance businesses paid R10.7bn in death claims during the year, compared to an average ...

By TimesLIVE

Declined for the R350 grant? Here’s why and how to appeal

As the SA Social Service Agency rolls out the R350 social relief of distress grants to approved beneficiaries, some are ...

Is alert level 2 on the cards? Here’s why SA thinks it might be

"I can smell Sun City's Valley of Waves," said one social media user.

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 infographic showing vaccine benefits ‘definitely not fake news’, ...

The infographic shows dramatic differences between the number of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people admitted to ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Employer body Neasa says vaccination should be employee’s choice

The decision to be vaccinated or not remains the prerogative of an employee, says the National Employers Association of ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 5,372 new Covid-19 cases and 282 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 5,372 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, along with 282 coronavirus-related fatalities.

By TimesLIVE

TODD MALONE | Lost in translation: how Covid-19 language can be ...

To communicate the real value of vaccines we must make information easily available and understandable

By Todd Malone

PODCAST | The whole truth and nothing but on vaccines and ivermectin

Prof Helen Rees, whose job is making sure what we put in our bodies is right for our bodies, tells us the unvarnished ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Significantly fewer Covid-19 fatalities reported in past 24-hour cycle

Significantly fewer deaths related to Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday.

By Naledi Shange

SA records 4,100 new Covid-19 cases as 6.6-million are now fully vaccinated

Of the new cases, most were again in KwaZulu-Natal (1,163), with the Eastern Cape (1,005) the only other province to ...

By TimesLIVE

What you said: Companies should not make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory

Companies need to consider their employees’ constitutional rights before implementing mandatory policies for Covid-19 ...

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can my Covid-19 result change if I ...

False negatives and false positives after a Covid-19 test are common.

Veggie might: plant-based diet could limit Covid-19 symptoms, study finds

Minimising severity pays off in the long term given research that shows symptoms can last six months after infection

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Teaching vacancies reach unacceptable levels in Eastern Cape

Budget cuts to blame for the 4,107 unfilled teacher posts, says MEC

Prega Govender
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 vaccine: Migrants hit many hurdles in way to get a jab

Celani Kamwambo can't wait to get vaccinated but first she needs to recover from breathlessness and "flu-like" symptoms ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

With 1.2-billion Covid shots they don’t need, rich nations must help the ...

Experts say it’s time they assisted those that haven’t been able to vaccinate frontline workers and the vulnerable

By James Paton

Significantly fewer Covid-19 fatalities reported in past 24-hour cycle

Significantly fewer deaths related to Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday.

By Naledi Shange

COVID-19 NEWS

'I find no joy in eating': Why recovery can stink for some infected with ...

Nicolaas Venter was relieved when his sense of smell returned three days after he got Covid a year ago, but he wasn't ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

'We don’t know what's going to happen each day': Prof leading research on ...

The virus that causes Covid is relentless and sneaky. To outwit its enemy — the human immune system — it continually ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

New Covid-19 variant shows 'concerning mutations'

The original SARS-CoV-2 virus, first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, was first detected in SA in March 2020.

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

President Ramaphosa affirms rights of employee and employer on Covid-19 ...

“No one should be forced to be vaccinated. Instead we need to use the available scientific evidence to encourage people ...

Need to protect people cited as Discovery plans mandatory vaccination ...

"Discovery intends to implement a mandatory vaccination policy effective 1 January 2022," DIscovery CEO Adrian Gore ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What percentage of efficiency must ...

A Covid-19 vaccine needs to have at least 50% effectiveness against the various strains of the virus to be approved.

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 247 Covid-19 deaths and 9,199 cases in 24 hours

More than 2.8-million Covid-19 cases have been recorded since the outbreak of the coronavirus in SA, the NICD said on ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | More freedom is coming for vaccinated people, says Phaahla

The government is planning relaxed lockdown Covid-19 restrictions for vaccinated people, health minister Joe Phaahla ...

By TimesLIVE

End of alert level 3 restrictions in sight as third wave declines, says ...

Health minister Joe Phaahla dropped a broad hint on Friday that his department will recommend an easing of the alert ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

Teacher abandons strict observance of Covid-19 protocols to resuscitate ...

"I just felt so good that I was in the right place at the right time, and I had done something to benefit the life of ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Is it safe to get the vaccine if you ...

The vaccine is safe for those who are allergic to eggs, but you will have to wait a little longer in the observation ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Rental market showing signs of life after Covid-19 slowdown

When Covid-19 hit, the rental market took a battering, with many tenants seeking refuge with families and friends as ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 418 Covid-19 deaths and 9,203 cases in 24 hours

There have been 82,914 fatalities recorded to date.

By TimesLIVE

Premier Alan Winde cycles in to open drive-through vaccination site at ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde appeared in his cycling gear on Thursday to open the drive-through vaccination site at ...

By Tanya Farber

New stats show protective power of Covid-19 jabs, say UK scientists

Vaccinated people who contract Covid-19 have significantly lower odds of severe disease or hospitalisation than ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

SA records 9,500 Covid-19 cases and 235 deaths in 24 hours

There have been 2,787,203 confirmed cases and 82,496 fatalities to date, according to latest NICD figures.

By TimesLIVE

Winde pushes for looser lockdown as Western Cape passes third-wave peak

The Western Cape lockdown must be eased as the third wave of Covid-19 declines, says premier Alan Winde.

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | C.1.2 variant: What is it and should we be worried?

SA scientists have identified a new coronavirus variant that shares many mutations with some of the world's most ...

Deepa Kesa
Multimedia producer

COVID-19 NEWS

What we know so far about new Covid-19 variant C.1.2

This is what we know so far about a new Covid-19 variant - dubbed C.1.2 - which was recently detected in SA.

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

New Covid-19 variant not a threat to vaccine efficacy, say scientists

NICD experts said on Monday there was no reason to believe the new variant - dubbed C.1.2 - will disrupt the efficacy ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA records 5,644 Covid-19 cases and 235 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 5,644 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on ...

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

1.3-million people fully vaccinated in Gauteng, as province reaches ...

Gauteng has administered 3-million vaccines, the health department says, as the inoculation rollout expands through ...

By TimesLIVE

Worrying new variant gaining traction in SA and abroad, says expert

Scientists fear it could be more transmissible and vaccine-evasive than others

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Ending the coronavirus is top of God’s to-do list

The Covid-19 pandemic has generated a flurry of letters to the Almighty

By Gwen Ackerman

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid testing costs no shot in the arm for tourism industry, not least in ...

Uniformity of availability and testing costs is urgently needed to keep the more than R130-trillion industry afloat

By Fran Golden

Covid-19 infections on the rise in KZN — here’s what is being done to ...

Cumulative cases in KwaZulu-Natal stand at 476,193, according to the latest figures from the health department.

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Where can I volunteer to assist with ...

The health department is running a programme in which citizens can volunteer to assist with the vaccine rollout at ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Losing a year is like losing fingers, says Angie, who still wants ...

The education minister wants more children in class, but is playing it by ear for now, while also monitoring dropouts

Prega Govender
Journalist

US Pfizer approval is the boost SA vax drive needs

Prof Salim Abdool Karim believes the thoroughness of the FDA trials will give the vaccine untainted credibility

Paul Ash
Senior reporter