SA logs over 13 000 COVID-19 cases, highest since January

16 June 2021, 8:45 PM
The country now has 1 774 312 coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. The death toll stands at 58 223 after 136 new fatalities were reported overnight.
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SA records 17 493 new COVID-19 cases, Gauteng accounts for 10 806 of them 23 June 2021, 8:27 PM

CSIR Senior Researcher, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, says 5 842 people are currently in hospital in Gauteng and this already surpasses the peak seen in the second wave.

First day of education sector vaccinations largely off to a good start 23 June 2021, 7:35 PM

Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schafer, says more than 75% of educators have given their consent for the vaccination. Schafer was speaking at the official launch of the vaccination site in Pinelands outside Cape Town.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 23 June 2021, 7:30 PM

South Africa has reported 17 493 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1 861 065. There have been 166 new fatalities, pushing the death toll to 59 258.

North West ANC condemns more than R6.5 mln face mask over expenditure 23 June 2021, 6:07 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in the North West has strongly condemned, what it says is, over expenditure totalling more than R6.5 million for the purchase of face masks by the North West department of Education.

SIU granted order to freeze R22 million linked to Digital Vibes 23 June 2021, 2:50 PM

The SIU says it will also approach the Special Tribunal, where the order was granted, to have the COVID-19 media campaign contract that was irregularly awarded to Digital Vibes declared unlawful and invalid.

EFF wants the NCOP to pass a resolution on the closure of schools amid rising COVID-19 cases 23 June 2021, 12:49 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) wants the National Council of Provinces to pass a resolution on the closure of schools due to the rising number of COVID19 cases.

Sadtu concerned but satisfied with teacher vaccination rollout 23 June 2021, 9:00 AM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has expressed satisfaction with the Basic Education Department's vaccine rollout programme in the sector.

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Educations Department warns against disruption of vaccine rollout 23 June 2021, 8:02 AM

The Basic Education Department says those who plan to disrupt the vaccine rollout which starts on Wednesday, will face the full might of the law.

KZN’s Education Department slams claims of lack of information on vaccination sites 23 June 2021, 6:43 AM

The Department of Education in KwaZulu Natal has slammed claims that there has been a lack of information on the location of vaccination sites for teachers in the province.

Senegal’s famed jazz festival returns after pandemic delay 22 June 2021, 6:37 PM

On a small island where the Senegal River meets the sea, hundreds of mask-wearing jazz enthusiasts listened to French-Senegalese vocalist Awa Ly sing the blues for uncertain times.

Limpopo confident it will vaccinate over 38 000 education sector personnel by Saturday 22 June 2021, 6:30 PM

The Limpopo Department of Health is confident that it will vaccinate over 38 000 education sector staff against COVID-19 on Friday and Saturday.

Moscow restricts visits to bars, restaurants to curb COVID-19 wave 22 June 2021, 4:04 PM

Moscow will only let people into bars and restaurants if they have had the COVID-19 shot or already had the coronavirus, its mayor said on Tuesday, as he announced new restrictions amid a surge in cases that authorities blame on the new Delta variant.

Gauteng Health MEC checks COVID-19 safety protocols at businesses on the West Rand 22 June 2021, 3:51 PM

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi says a number of shops are still not complying with Covid-19 safety protocols

Liquor traders gather in Tembisa for training on COVID-19 protocols 22 June 2021, 3:34 PM

Tavern owners and liquor traders have gathered in Tembisa on the Gauteng East Rand for enhanced training on COVID-19 compliance protocols.

Africa needs more skills to establish mRNA technologies hub: SAMRC 22 June 2021, 12:09 PM

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) says Africa will need more skills to establish an mRNA technologies hub on the continent.

Open vaccine registration to people aged 40 and over: DA 22 June 2021, 9:30 AM

The Democratci Alliance in the Western Cape has called on the national Health Department to open up vaccine registrations to people aged 40 and older.

Experts express mixed views on whether Gauteng should impose stricter lockdown restrictions 22 June 2021, 9:00 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has described the third wave of the pandemic in the province as a house on fire, saying a stricter lockdown could be announced soon as the number of new cases and hospitalisations continue to soar.

More healthcare workers are needed in Gauteng: Makhura 22 June 2021, 4:47 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says more healthcare workers are needed in the province. Makhura says all health care personnel from the now closed Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, have been deployed to different health facilities across the province.

Colombia’s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 in unrelenting third wave 22 June 2021, 3:41 AM

Reported deaths from COVID-19 in Colombia passed 100,000 on Monday, the country's health ministry said, amid warnings of potential scarcity of treatment drugs and oxygen in hospitals during a long and brutal third peak of infections and deaths

WHO to discuss Olympics COVID-19 risks with Japan, IOC 22 June 2021, 3:25 AM

The World Health Organization said on Monday it would discuss managing COVID-19 risks with Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee, after organisers announced some spectators would be permitted to attend the Tokyo Games.

US directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia 22 June 2021, 1:27 AM

The White House laid out a plan on Monday to share 55 million US COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program.

COVID-19 battle: Army medics arrive at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital 21 June 2021, 1:05 PM

Earlier, virologist Professor Shabir Madhi told the SABC News that patients who are on oxygen are sitting on chairs at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg because of a shortage of beds. He said despite Bara having a state-of the-art COVID-19 unit, beds can't be utilised because of staff shortages.

Ramaphosa calls for discipline as fight against COVID-19 continues 21 June 2021, 11:00 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has rallied South Africans to be persistent and practice discipline to win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gauteng health acknowledges that some facilities are not used optimally amid COVID surge 21 June 2021, 10:00 AM

The Gauteng government has acknowledged that some of the province's health facilities are not properly utilised to cope with the surge in COVID-19 hospitalisations.

Virologist calls for extra deployment of health workers in Gauteng 21 June 2021, 9:00 AM

More than 5 000 people are currently being treated in the province's hospitals, which is putting high pressure on available resources.

Brazil passes half a million COVID-19 deaths, experts warn of worse ahead 21 June 2021, 3:47 AM

Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 500,000 on Saturday as experts warn that the world’s second-deadliest outbreak may worsen due to delayed vaccinations and the government’s refusal to back social distancing measures.

SA records 13 155 new COVID-19 cases,112 deaths 20 June 2021, 9:55 PM

South Africa has recorded 13 155 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, representing a positivity rate of 23.7% and bringing the country’s total cases to 1 823 319.

Gauteng COVID-19 deaths have increased by 80% week on week: Dr Suliman 20 June 2021, 8:24 PM

Senior Researcher at the CSIR, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, says the number of people dying from COVID-19 in Gauteng has increased 80% week on week, and the situation in the province is of major concern.

Spiritual school uses yoga to shift mood from pandemic anxiety 20 June 2021, 7:26 PM

As the pandemic continues to leave society uncertain, it has induced a considerable degree of fear and worry leaving many with heightened anxiety.

Joburg Mayor tests positive for COVID-19 20 June 2021, 3:14 PM

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Geoffrey Makhubo, has received a positive test result for COVID-19.