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Travellers from South Africa in Netherlands test positive for COVID-19: Dutch authorities say

27 November 2021, 9:53 AM

Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday tested positive for COVID-19, and they were conducting further testing early Saturday to see if any of the infections are with the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant.

South African markets sink on new COVID-19 variant

26 November 2021, 7:23 PM

The Rand sank to its lowest since October 2020, government bond yields briefly hit 10% and stocks shed more than 2% after the discovery in the country of a COVID-19 variant described as the most concerning yet sent investors scrambling for safety.

New COVID-19 variant triggers global alarm as WHO urges caution

26 November 2021, 6:34 PM

Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the EU and Britain among those tightening border controls as researchers sought to find out if the mutation was vaccine-resistant.

Botswana says all contact tracing showing no symptoms of new COVID-19 variant

26 November 2021, 2:54 PM

Botswana’s Health Ministry says it is now in the process of tracing the people who were in contact with four foreign nationals who tested positive with the new strain of COVID-19.

JSE trades lower as new COVID-19 variant is detected in South Africa

26 November 2021, 10:53 AM

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has followed Asian markets – lower in early trade and has lost 2% so far.

New COVID-19 variant could be causing positivity rate spike in SA: NICD

26 November 2021, 6:25 AM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says a new variant of the virus could be driving the noticeable increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.

Stocks slip, havens rally as new COVID-19 variant spooks investors

26 November 2021, 3:24 AM

Stocks fell and headed for their largest weekly drop in nearly two months on Friday, while safe haven assets such as bonds and the yen rallied as a new virus variant added to swirling concerns about future growth and higher US interest rates.

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate

25 November 2021, 8:26 PM

Slovakia went into a two-week lockdown on Thursday, as the country with one of the EU’s lowest vaccination rates reported a critical situation in hospitals and new infections that topped global tables.

Unvaccinated youth urged to get COVID-19 injection as fourth wave fears mount

25 November 2021, 11:30 AM

The Health Department’s Acting Director-General, Dr Nicholas Crisp, has reiterated the call for unvaccinated youth to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it could help protect them and their loved ones when the fourth wave hits the country. South Africa has requested Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer to delay deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines due to an […]

France to announce COVID-19 booster shots for all adults – Media

25 November 2021, 2:30 AM

France is expected to announce that COVID-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults as well as stricter rules on wearing face masks and more stringent health pass checks to curb a new wave of infections, French media reported.

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