US eyeing UK COVID-19 variant but SA one more concerning: NIH’s Collins

23 January 2021, 8:10 PM
The United States is closely watching the more infectious variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said on Saturday.
Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa confirms SA will receive Indian COVID-19 vaccine soon 25 January 2021, 5:36 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the country will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from India very soon.

Competition Commission to probe steep increase in ginger and garlic prices 25 January 2021, 11:11 AM

The Competition Commission says it will be investigating the exorbitant prices of ginger and garlic in the food retail market.  

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 25 January 2021, 5:10 AM

South Africa has recorded 12 271 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 404 839. The death toll now sits at 40 574 after 498 new COVID-19 related fatalities were recorded on Saturday.

SA needs to invest in its own vaccination programme: Ramaphosa 24 January 2021, 9:15 PM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party's National Executive Committee along with its alliance partners have agreed on a massive social mobilisation campaign to help roll out the coronavirus vaccine across the country.

Mpumalanga premier in hot water for not wearing mask 24 January 2021, 8:23 PM

Mpumalanga premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, has come under fire after she was seen without a mask during the funeral of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, at Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.

North West funeral homes buckling under coronavirus strain 24 January 2021, 6:40 PM

Some funeral undertakers in the North West say they can no longer cope with the high number of funerals they are handling daily. They say the pre-COVID weekly number of three to four, has jumped to over five.

UK detects 77 cases of South African COVID variant, nine of Brazilian 24 January 2021, 2:50 PM

Britain has detected 77 cases of the South African variant of COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday, also urging people to strictly follow lockdown rules as the best precaution against Britain’s own potentially more deadly variant.

Mthembu’s passing united South Africans in their sorrow: Ramaphosa 24 January 2021, 2:32 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the passing of the Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has shocked people into stopping the constant bickering that has been dividing the country.

SA records 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, 498 deaths 23 January 2021, 10:30 PM

South Africa has recorded 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total cases to 12 271. The death toll has climbed to 40 574 after 498 new deaths were reported.

He got anyone to talk, say Americans reacting to Larry King’s death 23 January 2021, 6:32 PM

America is mourning one of the nation's broadcast giants, Larry King, who died on Saturday.

Babanango residents lament lack of healthcare facilities as COVID-19 surges 23 January 2021, 6:30 PM

The people of Babanango, a far-flung rural town in the Zululand district municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, say the shortage of healthcare facilities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts negatively on their lives.

US television host Larry King dies aged 87 23 January 2021, 3:51 PM

Larry King, who quizzed thousands of world leaders, politicians and entertainers for CNN and other news outlets in a career spanning more than six decades, has died at age 87.

SA’s COVID-19 national death toll surpasses 40 000 22 January 2021, 10:48 PM

South Africa has recorded 11 761 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 392 568.

New Brazil coronavirus variant found in nearly half of Amazon city cases 22 January 2021, 10:22 PM

A variant of the novel coronavirus already accounts for about half of new infections in the Brazilian Amazonian city of Manaus, raising concerns about a greater risk of spread, a researcher warned on Friday.

Family mourns death of Minister Mthembu 22 January 2021, 8:09 PM

Michael Mthembu, a brother to the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, has described as "tough" the passing of his brother.

WHO says deal with Pfizer to allow poor countries to start vaccinating in Feb 22 January 2021, 7:45 PM

The World Health Organisation said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Pfizer for 40 million doses of its vaccine against COVID-19

Dutch may soften air crew testing demands as KLM vaccine cargo threatened 22 January 2021, 7:16 PM

The Dutch government said on Friday it could soften its demands for returning air crews to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests, after airline KLM moved to cancel its long-haul operations and warned that the shutdown could affect vaccine distribution.

New COVID-19 variant defeats plasma treatment, may reduce vaccine efficacy 22 January 2021, 6:35 PM

The new COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa can evade the antibodies that attack it in treatments using blood plasma from previously recovered patients, and may reduce the efficacy of the current line of vaccines, scientists said on Wednesday.

Chinese government film marks year since Wuhan lockdown 22 January 2021, 6:05 PM

China premiered a patriotic documentary film on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan’s coronavirus lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government’s early response to COVID-19 in a positive light.

TIMELINE | Jackson Mthembu’s life from student politics to Minister in the Presidency 22 January 2021, 4:21 PM

Jackson Mthembu's political life included stints as the spokesperson for the African National Congress (ANC) at the provincial and national levels.

Traffic officers
Thirty-three traffic officers have died of COVID-19 related complications over the festive season 22 January 2021, 3:15 PM

Thirty-three traffic officers have died of COVID-19 related complications over the 2020 festive season and more than 500 have tested positive.

British Athletics cancels indoor championships due to COVID-19 22 January 2021, 2:45 PM

British Athletics has cancelled its indoor championships set to begin in Glasgow next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body said on Friday.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 22 January 22 January 2021, 2:41 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continues to rise.

Electoral Court grants IEC application to postpone by-elections 22 January 2021, 1:50 PM

The Electoral Court has granted the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) an application to postpone the by elections by another 120 days.

FACTBOX: Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus 22 January 2021, 10:21 AM

Three mutant COVID-19 variants that emerged in Britain, South Africa, and Brazil pose a high-risk in Europe, Europe's disease surveillance agency said, while in theUnited States, President Joe Biden moved swiftly to coordinate a federal effort to fight the pandemic.

Aerospace and Defence Trade Show cancelled 22 January 2021, 9:07 AM

The 2021 Aerospace and Defence Trade Show, which was due to take place at Lanseria International Airport, north west of Johannesburg, has been cancelled.

Access to oxygen is a critical need in Africa: Africa CDC 22 January 2021, 8:12 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention's (Africa CDC) Director, Dr. John Nkengasong, says access to oxygen is a critical need on the continent.

Oxygen reserves increased in health facilities in the Northern Cape’s Namakwa District 22 January 2021, 7:14 AM

The COVID-19 Command Council in the Northern Cape says health authorities are increasing oxygen reserves in all health facilities in the Namakwa district.

ANC pleads with citizens to take COVID-19 seriously following Mthembu’s death 22 January 2021, 6:22 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) has made an impassioned plea to South Africans to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, saying it has continued to claim millions of lives across the globe.

Sanef remembers Minister Mthembu as a defender of media freedom 21 January 2021, 9:59 PM

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has described late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu as the friend and defender of media freedom and freedom of expression.