COVID-19 WRAP | 1,632 new cases recorded in SA

01 May 2021 - 09:21 By TimesLIVE
Flower garlands and fruits are placed on the spot where a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was cremated, as part of a ritual at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 30 2021.
Flower garlands and fruits are placed on the spot where a person who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was cremated, as part of a ritual at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, April 30 2021.
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May 01 2021 - 21:14

1,632 new cases recorded in SA

SA recorded 1,632 new Covid-19 cases, according to the latest statistics released by the health department on Saturday. There were also 56 more deaths recorded. 

This brings the cumulative number of cases in the country to 1,582,842, while deaths stand at 54,406. 

May 01 2021 - 10:49

Sports minister Mthethwa: ‘We can’t get people into stadiums and kill them’

The much hoped-for return of fans to SA stadiums remains a distant possibility because health and safety experts are predicting the Covid-19 third wave will hit the country between May and July.

Fans were hoping to watch the remaining matches of football’s exciting DStv Premiership title race between Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu and Golden Arrows and rugby’s start of the Rainbow Cup SA between the Bulls, Sharks, Lions and the Stormers.

If SA is hit by the third wave, the money-spinning British & Irish Lions Tour in July and August will be hugely impacted as SA Rugby have proposed to government to have least 50% of fans in the stadiums.

May 01 2021 - 10:47

Fire in hospital's intensive care kills 18 in India

At least 18 people, including two healthcare workers were killed in a fire at a Covid-19 hospital in the western Indian state of Gujarat late on Friday night, officials said on Saturday, in the country's latest deadly hospital accident.

The fire started around midnight in the intensive care ward of the Patel Welfare Hospital, a designated COVID-19 facility, in Bharuch city, 115 miles (185 km) south of the state's main commercial city, Ahmedabad.

May 01 2021 - 09:49

Samwu loses Kouga Covid-19 ‘danger pay’ fight

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union was given a bloodied nose on Friday when the labour court in Gqeberha prohibited its members from striking for a Covid-19 danger allowance and instructed it to pay the legal costs.

Kouga municipality dragged the union to court after days of protests over the workers’ demand for a R1,500 Covid-19 danger allowance.

In March, the municipality successfully interdicted Samwu from continuing with its strike action — described by the municipality as unprotected — that resulted in rubbish being strewn in the streets in Jeffreys Bay.

May 01 2021 - 09:34

Australia bans arrivals from India, says offenders face jail, fines

Australian residents and citizens who have been in India within 14 days of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering Australia as of Monday and those who disobey will face fines and jail, government officials said.

The temporary emergency determination, issued late on Friday, is the first time Australia has made it a criminal offence for its citizens to return home.

The move is part of strict measures to stop travellers to Australia from the world's second most populous nation as it contends with a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

May 01 2021 - 09:15

India's daily Covid-19 cases pass 400,000 for first time as second wave worsens

India posted a record daily rise of 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of acute shortages.

It was the first time India's daily case count had topped 400,000 after 10 consecutive days over 300,000. Deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,523 over the past 24 hours, taking the total toll in India to 211,853, according to official data.