SA records 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, 86 deaths

21 November 2020, 9:50 PM
South Africa has recorded 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national positive total to 765 409. Gauteng still has for the most cases provincially, accounting for 30.4% (232 856) of total cases.
US could roll out first COVID-19 vaccines by mid-December 23 November 2020, 10:04 PM

The first COVID-19 vaccinations could take place in early to mid-December in the United States. Between 20 and 40 million doses could be available and distributed before the end of the year in the United States alone. 

Initiation schools remain officially closed under Level 1 23 November 2020, 9:16 PM

The suspension of the male custom of initiation is continuing. The winter initiation season was called off when the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year.

Nigeria to bar airline passengers who flout COVID-19 testing rules 23 November 2020, 8:48 PM

Nigeria will bar passengers who fail to follow the country's COVID-19 protocol from flying for six months, an official said on Monday.

Health Department ‘concerned’ about COVID-19 positivity rate as 2080 new cases are reported 23 November 2020, 8:45 PM

South Africa has registered 2 080 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the last reporting period. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 769 759.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 23 November 2020, 8:26 PM

The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.

Sterling hits 2-1/2-month high on vaccine and Brexit deal optimism 23 November 2020, 7:55 PM

Sterling rallied on Monday, briefly touching a 2-1/2-month high, as more positive news about a potential COVID-19 vaccine propelled investors to buy riskier currencies and investors bet Britain and the European Union would clinch a Brexit trade deal.

UK economy shrinks as new lockdown shuts services firms: PMI 23 November 2020, 2:15 PM

British business activity has contracted in November as a new wave of coronavirus restrictions hammered the huge services industry, but news of possible vaccines has sharply boosted hopes for 2021, a survey showed on Monday.

SA working with other countries to ensure speedy development of a vaccine: Mkhize 23 November 2020, 2:13 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is fully committed to participating in the process of developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.

PODCAST | COVID-19 Frontline Workers Part XXIV: A medical scientist shares her story 23 November 2020, 1:36 PM

SABC News captures their voices in this weekly feature, COVID-19 Frontline Workers. This week, Digital News producer Lebo Tshangela speaks to a medical scientist who works for one of South Africa’s largest private laboratory company about her experience with the coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown. She has chosen to remain anonymous.

ANC in Eastern Cape sends condolences to family of UDM’s Filtane 23 November 2020, 12:33 PM

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has sent its condolences to the family of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) national deputy chairperson in the province, Mncedisi Filtane.

Eastern Cape health authorities intensify fight against COVID-19 23 November 2020, 12:30 PM

As coronavirus (COVID-19) infections continue to rise in the Eastern Cape, health authorities are intensifying the fight against the pandemic by meeting with health workers, organised labour, religious leaders, civil society and businesses.

Serum Institute promises millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India 23 November 2020, 10:11 AM

The world's largest vaccine-maker, Serum Institute, has promised millions of doses for India before summer 2021 as infections moved towards the 9.5-million mark.

First Americans could get COVID-19 vaccine by December 11, top health official says 22 November 2020, 9:53 PM

The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Dec. 11, the chief scientific adviser for the U.S. government’s vaccine program said on Sunday.

SA records 2 270 new COVID-19 cases, 58 deaths 22 November 2020, 8:34 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 270 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national total of infections to 767 679. In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says a total of 20 903 deaths have now been recorded in South Africa.

Hundreds gather to bury Serbia’s Patriarch, despite coronavirus surge 22 November 2020, 4:43 PM

Hundreds of mourners, including country’s president, gathered on Sunday for the funeral of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who died aged 90 after contracting COVID-19.

US retailer Guitar Center files for bankruptcy 22 November 2020, 4:00 PM

Guitar Center Inc, the largest US retailer of music instruments and equipment, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Saturday, as music lovers moved their shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lesotho urged to engage with SA’s Health Minister for COVID-19 rapid test supplies 22 November 2020, 1:10 PM

South Africa's International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has urged Lesotho to engage with the country's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize with regards to the shortage of rapid test supplies for COVID-19.

President Ramaphosa appeals to G20 leaders for COVID-19 vaccine 22 November 2020, 8:16 AM

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to leaders of the G20 nations to ensure that all countries have access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Ramaphosa was speaking at the first session of the virtual G20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia.

Ramaphosa urges G20 nations to help address debt in developing countries 21 November 2020, 8:30 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all G20 nations to help address debt in developing countries as global economies buckle under the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finch, Moody’s decision to downgrade SA painful blow to country: Mboweni 21 November 2020, 7:30 PM

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says the decision by two ratings agencies, Fitch and Moody's, to downgrade the country further into junk is a painful blow to the country as it will have immediate implications for borrowing costs and constrain government's budget.  

Childhood vaccine linked to less severe COVID-19, cigarette smoke raises risk 21 November 2020, 5:54 PM

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Nelson Mandela Bay runs short of beds as COVID-19 cases increase 21 November 2020, 4:15 PM

The continued spread of the coronavirus in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, in the Eastern Cape, is straining medical services in the metro as hospitals are running out of beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Cyril Ramaphosa
VIDEO | President Ramaphosa addresses virtual G20 summit 21 November 2020, 3:15 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has the virtual summit of G20 nations as efforts to find solutions to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and restore economic growth and jobs continues.

Dr Zweli Mkhize
SA breaches 3 000 mark for first time since August, recording 3 105 new COVID-19 cases 20 November 2020, 7:18 PM

South Africa has recorded 3 105 new cases of the coronavirus, breaching the 3 000 new daily cases for the first time since 21 August 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 762 763.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 20 November 20 November 2020, 3:00 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.

Biovac begins local manufacturing of paediatric vaccine 20 November 2020, 12:49 PM

Cape Town-based biotech company Biovac has begun local manufacturing of a six-in-one paediatric vaccine.

SA records 2 514 new coronavirus cases, 115 deaths reported on Thursday 19 November 2020, 10:32 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 514 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 759 658.

Government vows to further engage with the National taxi Association 19 November 2020, 9:34 AM

Government says it will continue to engage with the National Taxi Alliance over its demands, but adds that the talks will also centre around regulating the industry.

Cricket South Africa
Three South Africa players isolated after one tests COVID-19 positive 19 November 2020, 6:01 AM

South Africa's preparation for a limited-overs home series against England suffered a jolt with three players placed in isolation after one of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Strict, six-day coronavirus lockdown begins in Australian state 19 November 2020, 5:53 AM

One of Australia's strictest lockdowns began on Thursday with outdoor gatherings, weddings, funerals, takeaway food all coming to a standstill as authorities try to stifle the latest flare-up of the novel coronavirus.