COVID-19 WRAP | SA records 414 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
October 17 2021 - 20:09
SA records 414 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
SA recorded 414 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total of coronavirus cases in the country to 2,916,593.
The national death toll of Covid-19 related deaths is 88,612 after 25 daily deaths were recorded.
The total number of vaccines administered since the start of the rollout is 20,200,231 with 2,805,186 recoveries recorded.
A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 916 593 with 414 new cases reported. Today 25 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 88 612 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 805 186 with a recovery rate of 96,2% pic.twitter.com/mRkJVrCWOT— Department of Health (@HealthZA) October 17, 2021
October 17 2021 - 17:24
UK reports most Covid-19 cases in a day since mid-July
Britain on Sunday reported 45,140 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily number since the middle of July, and 57 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to official data.
October 17 2021 - 14:47
Merck Covid-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries
The plan to roll out Merck & Co's promising antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 risks repeating the inequities of vaccine distribution, potentially leaving the nations with the greatest need once again at the back of the line, international health groups say.
For example, only about 5% of Africa’s population is immunized, creating an urgent need for therapeutics that could keep people out of hospitals.
That compares with more than a 70% inoculation rate in most wealthy nations.
October 17 2021 - 14:47
Cops more ‘relaxed’ about Covid-19 rule enforcement, says Cele
Talking in, arrests out. That’s the message from police minister Bheki Cele, who said this week that the government's Covid-19 strategy had morphed from enforcement to communication.
“Many South Africans have heeded the call and things have been relaxed,” said Cele.
At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the police were criticised for their heavy-handed approach to the enforcement of rules and regulations, such as curfews and alcohol sale bans.
October 17 2021 - 14:32
Russia's reports record-high daily Covid-19 infections
Russia reported 34,303 cases of new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a record-high number since the start of the pandemic, data from the state coronavirus task force showed on Sunday.
It also reported 997 deaths from the disease, five fewer than the daily record-high of 1,002 reported the previous day.The latest coronavirus deaths brought the official national death toll to 223,312, with a total of almost 8 million cases.
Russian authorities blame a slow vaccination campaign for the sharp rise of infections and deaths, which forced the health ministry to ask retired, vaccinated medics to return to hospitals.
October 17 2021 - 05:30
What do you think of government saying 12-17 year olds can vaccinate without parental consent?
Finally, children 12-17 will get access to vaccines from October 20. They can go to any vaccine centre with the necessary documents - no parental consent is required.— Shareen Singh (@ShareenSingh8) October 15, 2021