13 674 new coronavirus cases recorded in SA, 129 more deaths

9 July 2020, 10:09 PM
South Africa has recorded 13 674 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 238 339. A further 129 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported.
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FITA granted permission to appeal tobacco sales ban 9 July 2020, 7:28 PM

The High Court in Pretoria has granted the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) permission to appeal government’s ban on the sale of cigarettes during lockdown. The application will be heard on July 15.

Liberia’s Sirleaf to co-lead panel to evaluate global COVID-19 response 9 July 2020, 6:06 PM

The World Health Organisation ( WHO) has announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark will co-chair the panel.

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Foreign mineworkers return to South African mines after lockdown 9 July 2020, 5:56 PM

Foreign mine workers have begun returning to South African mines, though at a slower rate than hoped, as the industry rebuilds output after the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the Minerals Council said on Thursday.

Six Gauteng health officials test positive for coronavirus 9 July 2020, 3:35 PM

Six members of the Gauteng Health Department's war room team have tested positive for the coronavirus. The department confirmed this in a statement.

Two Western Cape courts, factories closed due to COVID-19 non-compliance 9 July 2020, 2:55 PM

The Department of Labour in the Western Cape has closed down the George and Thembalethu magistrates' courts in George, in the Southern Cape, for non-compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Two factories were also shutdown.

Two Free State police stations closed due to COVID-19 cases 9 July 2020, 2:30 PM

Two police stations in the Free State have been closed after members tested positive for COVID-19.

FEATURE | Debunking myths on SA’s vaccine trial with Prof Shabir Madhi 9 July 2020, 2:26 PM

SABC News’ Luvuyo Mdeni is joined by the Principal Investigator of the South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA trial, Professor Shabir Madhi.

Amarharhabe Queen’s passing described as a loss to the traditional institution 9 July 2020, 2:15 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has described the passing of late Amarharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile as a loss to the traditional institution, and the country at large.

Gauteng health dismisses claims of 1.5 million COVID-19 graves 9 July 2020, 2:04 PM

Gauteng Department of Health is refuting claims that there are 1.5 million graves in the province prepared for COVID-19 related deaths. The department says the over a million graves refers to the collective capacity municipalities can take in Gauteng.

‘Employees fired for self-isolating’ 9 July 2020, 12:34 PM

More than 700 employees of a manufacturing company in Mkhuhlu near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, claim to have been dismissed from work for self-isolating.

Union accuses Massmart of using coronavirus to retrench workers 9 July 2020, 9:06 AM

The South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) has lashed out at retail giant Massmart for using coronavirus to retrench workers.

Govt not ignoring calls for racial profiling of COVID-19 patients: Minister 9 July 2020, 7:13 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize denied the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s claim that government is ignoring the calls to do racial profiling because it knows that the majority of black people are the ones who are infected and dying of COVID-19.

Mthethwa gazettes new lockdown regulations 9 July 2020, 6:16 AM

Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa has gazetted new regulations under Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.

Gauteng becomes SA’s new COVID-19 epicentre 9 July 2020, 12:05 AM

Gauteng Province has now overtaken Western Cape as the province with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases cumulatively.

COVID-19 cases at Correctional Service centres rise to 3 243 8 July 2020, 11:08 PM

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says the total number of confirmed cases at their centres has risen to 3 243.

Healthcare workers concerned as Gauteng expected to be SA’s COVID-19 epicentre 8 July 2020, 10:20 PM

Gauteng is preparing for the worst as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly. This is a daunting prospect for essential workers, some of whom are re-entering the lion's den right after recovering from the virus.

Millions of Australians back in lockdown amid Melbourne virus outbreak 8 July 2020, 9:46 PM

Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases.

Ramaphosa mourns Queen Noloyiso Sandile’s passing 8 July 2020, 9:32 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed sadness over the passing of the Queen of the Rharhabe Kingdom, Her Majesty Queen Noloyiso Sandile.

Nigeria restarts domestic flights amid easing coronavirus restrictions 8 July 2020, 9:14 PM

Nigeria resumed domestic flights on Wednesday after a hiatus of around three months as Africa’s most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

SANBS exploring the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 8 July 2020, 8:42 PM

The South African National Blood Services (SANBS) is exploring the use of convelescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19.

Maimane calls for a national school stay-away 8 July 2020, 8:35 PM

Leader of the One South Africa Movement Musi Maimane is calling for teachers and learners to stay home on Friday in protest of government's decision to reopen schools.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, sick with coronavirus, says he is ‘doing very well’ 8 July 2020, 8:06 PM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday he was “doing very well” after contracting the coronavirus, and credited an unproven drug for his mild symptoms.

Job Mokgoro admitted to hospital after contracting COVID-19 8 July 2020, 7:26 PM

North West Premier Job Mokgoro has been admitted to hospital. Mokgoro tested positive for the coronavirus(COVID-19) on Tuesday.

Queen Noloyiso Sandile dies after contracting COVID-19 8 July 2020, 7:05 PM

The AmaRharhabe Royal family has confirmed the sudden passing of the regent Queen Noloyiso Sandile.

Kyrgios rants at Thiem for defending Adria players 8 July 2020, 5:43 PM

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has slammed Dominic Thiem for defending players who competed at the ill-fated Adria Tour and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Limpopo verifying number of schools currently closed due to COVID-19 infections 8 July 2020, 5:29 PM

The Education Department in Limpopo says it is in the process of verifying the overall number of schools that are currently closed due to COVID-19 infections.

Kenya decision to postpone reopening of schools met with mixed reactions 8 July 2020, 5:21 PM

Kenya's Education Ministry's decision to postpone the reopening of basic education to January 2021, or when the COVID-19 infection curve in the country has flattened, has been met with mixed reactions.

Fewer fans, increased costs ‘new normal’ for clubs in post COVID-19 world: Study 8 July 2020, 5:06 PM

Reduction in stadium capacities, improved ventilation systems and mobile payment for tickets and drinks are some of the measures football clubs may have to implement while designing stadiums in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gauteng to be the new COVID-19 epicentre: Mkhize 8 July 2020, 5:04 PM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says Gauteng is expected to be the new epicentre of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country when the ministry announces the next statistics.

Sri Lanka resume domestic cricket minus spectators next week 8 July 2020, 4:36 PM

Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka will resume on Tuesday without spectators, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.