SA government warns citizens travelling to China to be well informed about coronavirus

27 January 2020, 9:18 PM
The Department of International Relations and Corporation has advised South Africans travelling to China to be well informed about the implications of the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
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Facebook marks Data Privacy Day with updates to privacy settings 28 January 2020, 9:05 PM

Data Privacy Day raises a lot of questions around how safe an end-user’s information is online, with data breach scandals like the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica saga, it is more important for online users to know what to do, to protect their data online.

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AU on high alert over coronavirus outbreak 28 January 2020, 6:30 PM

The African Union (AU) says the continent is on high alert over the spread of the coronavirus that has gripped China.

Measures in place to keep SA safe from coronavirus: NICD 28 January 2020, 11:07 AM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases((NICD) has reassured South Africans that measures are in place to detect and keep people safe from the coronavirus.

Tembisa hospital in need of more resources 28 January 2020, 7:05 AM

The South African Human Rights Commission(SAHRC) has called on the Department of Health in Gauteng to allocate more resources to the Tembisa hospital East of Johannesburg to deal with the overcrowding at the facility.

EU begins assisting repatriations from China as coronavirus spreads 28 January 2020, 5:00 AM

The European Commission said on Tuesday it would start helping repatriate Europeans from the Chinese region hit hardest by the coronavirus after a request from France.

Babies that contracted Klebsiella still being monitored at Tembisa Hospital 27 January 2020, 8:44 PM

Eleven babies that contracted the deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria are still being monitored at the Tembisa Hospital on Gauteng's East Rand where ten babies earlier died from the infection.

Mayor of China’s Wuhan draws online ire for ’80 out of 100′ interview 27 January 2020, 3:12 PM

The mayor of Wuhan, the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak, drew ire from Chinese internet users for what many saw as an over generous self-evaluation of his handling of an interview with state television - despite also offering to step down.

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Karoo dam levels rise to 22% 27 January 2020, 2:46 PM

Dam levels in the drought-stressed Karoo have risen to 22% following unexpected rains in the Gouritz-River catchment area last week. S

SA teachers working in China told to prolong holidays due to coronavirus outbreak 27 January 2020, 11:47 AM

Two South African teachers working in China have been told to prolong their holidays due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Australia confirms fifth coronavirus case from last flight out of Wuhan 27 January 2020, 9:03 AM

Australia confirmed on Monday its fifth case of a new coronavirus, with health officials saying the case involved a 21-year-old woman who was on the last flight out of the Chinese city of Wuhan to Sydney before China imposed a travel ban.

Western Cape prepared to handle coronavirus cases 26 January 2020, 7:32 PM

The Western Cape Health Department says it is ready to act if any coronavirus cases are reported in the province.

Coronavirus infections could continue to rise 26 January 2020, 11:46 AM

China's National Health Commission has warned that the ability of the coronavirus to spread is getting stronger and infections could continue to rise.

Medical staff attends a patient with pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, in Wuhan.
Doctors, nurses receive guidelines to handle Coronavirus 26 January 2020, 8:19 AM

The NICD together with the Department of Health has developed and distributed clinical guidelines for doctors and nurses in the private and public health sector to detect and respond to the deadly coronavirus should it spread to South Africa.

More than 2 000 now infected with coronavirus; 56 dead in China 26 January 2020, 6:57 AM

More than 2 000 people globally have been infected with a new coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China, where 56 people have died from the disease, according to figures released on Sunday.

Rainfall in parts of Eastern Cape brings much-needed relief 25 January 2020, 4:00 PM

The Amathole District Municipality says recent rainfall in the Eastern Cape has brought the much-needed relief to the drought-stricken area

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Hundreds of dead birds found in breeder’s farm 25 January 2020, 12:49 PM

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says investigations are continuing after hundreds of dead birds were discovered on the premises of a prominent parrot breeder in Randburg, Gauteng.

Medical staff transfer a patient of a highly suspected case of a new coronavirus at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, China.
China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1 300 infected worldwide 25 January 2020, 7:27 AM

The virus has also been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, France, the United States and Australia.

Africa on high alert over spread of coronavirus: AU 24 January 2020, 7:34 PM

The African Union says the continent is on high alert over the spread of the coronavirus that has been reported in Asia.

Environmental activists threaten court action over planned wind farm in the Cape West Coast 24 January 2020, 7:02 PM

Environmental activists and property owners along the Cape West Coast are threatening court action over the planned Boulders Wind Farm.

SA ups surveillance for all travellers from Asia after coronavirus outbreak 24 January 2020, 4:00 PM

South Africa’s Department of Health said on Thursday port health authorities have enhanced surveillance for all travellers from Asia, especially China, following an outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

UK ‘highly likely’ to have cases of coronavirus: Health boss 24 January 2020, 3:35 PM

Cases of new coronavirus in the United Kingdom (UK) are highly likely, one of the country’s top health bosses said on Friday.

“Systems in place to identify, detect imported cases of coronavirus in SA” 24 January 2020, 12:38 PM

There have been no cases of CoronaVirus identified in South Africa and on the African continent. That is according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a Division of the National Health Laboratory Service.

China virus death toll mounts to 25, infections spread 24 January 2020, 5:59 AM

A new coronavirus has killed 25 people in China and infected more than 800, the government said on Friday, as the World Health Organization declared it an emergency but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.

China orders ‘unprecedented’ lockdown of two cities at virus epicentre 23 January 2020, 2:52 PM

China put on lockdown on Thursday two cities at the epicentre of a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected nearly 600, as health authorities around the world scramble to prevent a global pandemic.

Smoking could increase risk of post-surgery complications: WHO 23 January 2020, 10:27 AM

The World Health Organisation says smoking could significantly increase the risk of post-surgery complications.

Olympic qualifiers shifted out of Wuhan following virus fears 22 January 2020, 2:11 PM

Next month's women's Olympic football qualifiers in Wuhan have been shifted to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday, following an outbreak of the new corona virus in the central Chinese city.

Gauteng Health announces more measures to curb Klebsiella pneumonia 22 January 2020, 12:21 PM

The Gauteng Health Department has outlined measures it's taking to prevent further infections at Tembisa Hospital's prenatal unit.

China reports 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia 22 January 2020, 9:50 AM

Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in the country by the end of Tuesday.

Taiwan calls on China to share ‘correct’ virus information 22 January 2020, 7:30 AM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China on Wednesday to share "correct" information about a new coronavirus and for the World Health Organisation(WHO) not to exclude Taiwan from collaboration on the outbreak for political reasons.

School tech: Teachers explain what they need to make it work better 21 January 2020, 8:34 PM

At the start of each new year there’s a global flurry of excitement and attention around education’s new directions.