Coronavirus outbreak ‘getting bigger’, WHO says

28 February 2020, 7:55 PM
The rapid rise in coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday, with six countries reporting their first cases, the World Health Organisation warning it could spread worldwide and Switzerland cancelling the giant Geneva car show.
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LIVE: Health minister, Dr Mkhize launches new female condom 29 February 2020, 12:40 PM

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize is launching the new female condom, MAXIMA as part of the strategy to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, STIs and unwanted and teenage pregnancy.

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Water cuts expected in parts of Tshwane,Ekurhuleni 29 February 2020, 12:00 PM

Residents of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni metro municipalities are warned of water supply cut-offs from 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoon.

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Thunder showers, flooding expected in parts of the country 29 February 2020, 7:49 AM

It's going to be a wet weekend across large parts of the country.  The South African Weather Services says thunder showers which could result in localised flooding are expected in parts of the North West, Free State and the Northern Cape.

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South Korea reports 594 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 2,931 29 February 2020, 7:03 AM

South Korea reported 594 new coronavirus infections on Saturday (February 29), its biggest daily increase since the first infection was confirmed on Jan. 20, taking its tally to 2,931 cases.

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UK’s Johnson says coronavirus top priority, as first Briton dies 29 February 2020, 4:00 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said slowing the spread of the coronavirus was now his government’s top priority, shortly after news on Friday that the first Briton had died of the disease after contracting it on a cruise ship moored in Japan.

SANDF to lead operation of evacuating SA citizens from China 28 February 2020, 4:14 PM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will lead an operation of evacuating more than 100 South Africans citizens from Wuhan, in China.

Outrage in Kenya amid worry over China flight 28 February 2020, 1:53 PM

There's outrage in Kenya after the government allowed a flight from China into the country carrying 239 passengers - as 57 other nations restrict entry of non-citizens from China.

Two South Africans in Japan test positive for coronavirus 28 February 2020, 9:24 AM

The Department of Health says two South Africans, working on Japanese Princess Diamond Cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 28 February 2020, 9:05 AM

The death toll from the coronavirus is increasing everyday. New cases are being reported around the world. Below is a Live Tracking of the cases, death toll and other information:    

Older people are more susceptible to coronavirus: NICD 27 February 2020, 12:37 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says older people appear to be more susceptible to the Coronavirus.

US-South Korea military drills postponed as coronavirus spreads faster outside China 27 February 2020, 9:08 AM

The United States and South Korea postponed joint military drills on Thursday to limit the spread of coronavirus, as the number of infections outside China, the source of the outbreak, for the first time surpassed those appearing in the country.

Load shedding a possibility on Thursday 27 February 2020, 6:20 AM

Eskom says the possibility of load shedding for Thursday has increased as some generation units will be taken off the system to conduct emergency repairs.

Google defeats conservative nonprofit’s YouTube censorship appeal 27 February 2020, 5:05 AM

Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content.

Genetic study shows the red panda is actually two separate species 27 February 2020, 2:23 AM

Red pandas, the bushy-tailed and russet-furred bamboo munchers that dwell in Asian high forests, are not a single species but rather two distinct ones, according to the most comprehensive genetic study to date on these endangered mammals.

US prepares detailed $8.5 billion emergency fund to combat coronavirus 26 February 2020, 10:11 PM

Senate Democrats in the United States are preparing a detailed request of 8.5 billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus after complaints that the administration was caught flat-footed in its response to the epidemic.

Sascoc relying on WHO for coronavirus update ahead of Olympics 26 February 2020, 9:34 PM

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is relying on the WHO (World Health Organization) for the daily updates on the coronavirus which is prevalent in China.

Huawei drops Google on new devices – How will that affect SA customers? 26 February 2020, 6:25 PM

Huawei this week revealed a range of products planned to be rolled out across the world. The new devices , launching in March, are expected to use the new Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), a replacement to Google Mobile services (GMS).

Mkhize to meet with commission following forced sterilisation report 25 February 2020, 7:02 AM

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has requested an urgent meeting with the Commission for Gender Equality regarding its report on forced sterilisations at hospitals in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Climate change could pose ‘catastrophic’ security threat, experts warn 25 February 2020, 3:32 AM

Climate change could become a “catastrophic” threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of US security, military and intelligence experts warned on Monday.

Mammograms not helpful in women 75 and older, study finds 25 February 2020, 1:34 AM

Women 75 and older do not benefit from regular screening mammograms, researchers reported on Monday, offering some of the first evidence on whether screening makes sense in these women.

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Gender Equality Commission seeks compensation for victims of forced sterilisation 24 February 2020, 8:49 PM

The Commission for Gender Equality says it will seek compensation for the victims of forced sterilisation in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. 

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WATCH: Gender HIV Sterilisation 24 February 2020, 9:36 AM

The Commission for Gender Equality will is launching a report in Rosebank, Johannesburg about forced and coerced sterilisations in hospitals in two provinces.

Ramaphosa urges SA citizens to rally behind NHI implementation 24 February 2020, 9:03 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all South Africans to mobilise behind the National Health Insurance and ensure that it is implemented.

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears 24 February 2020, 6:15 AM

Fears mounted on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

Report on forced sterilisations in hospitals to be launched on Monday 24 February 2020, 6:06 AM

The Commission for Gender Equality will on Monday morning launch a report in Rosebank in Johannesburg about forced and coerced sterilisations in hospitals in two provinces.

City of Cape Town launches water strategy 23 February 2020, 8:38 PM

The City of Cape Town launched its new water strategy this week.

Twitter suspends group of pro-Bloomberg accounts over ‘platform manipulation’ 23 February 2020, 8:56 AM

Twitter Inc on Friday said it had started suspending and restricting dozens of accounts posting content promoting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

No confirmed cases of coronavirus in SA after 107 people tested 22 February 2020, 6:45 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg says although more than 100 people have been tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa, no cases have been confirmed.

China reports fall in new coronavirus cases but concerns grow over spread elsewhere 22 February 2020, 11:19 AM

China reported a sharp decrease in the number of new deaths and new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, while its central bank predicted a limited short-term economic impact and said the country was confident of winning the fight against the epidemic.

Members of the public urged to share their thoughts on NHI Bill 22 February 2020, 6:42 AM

Gauteng Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku has urged members of the public to make use of the last leg of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill public hearings to share ideas and raise their concerns.