COVID-19 surge hits Asia as Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections

31 July 2021, 5:35 PM
The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease.
DA calls on Ramaphosa to sack Ndabeni-Abrahams 8 April 2020, 7:05 AM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says President Cyril Ramaphosa must set an example by firing and laying a criminal complaint against Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Authorities consider closing parts of St Augustine’s Hospital amid high COVID-19 infection rate 8 April 2020, 6:34 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is worried about St Augustine's Hospital in Durban after 66 people, including at least 48 staffers, tested positive for the coronavirus. The St Augustine's Hospital has been identified as a hotspot for coronavirus infections in KwaZulu-Natal.

Political parties doing their bid in fight against COVID-19 7 April 2020, 10:42 PM

Political parties continue to play their role in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Technology seems to be vital in the execution of this task as many are using this tool to communicate, educate and encourage their followers to adhere to the lockdown regulations.

Spain’s coronavirus deaths tick up again to near 14 000 7 April 2020, 9:12 PM

Spain’s pace of coronavirus deaths ticked up for the first time in five days on Tuesday, with 743 people succumbing overnight, but there was still hope the national lockdown might be eased soon.

66 people test positive for COVID-19 at St Augustine Hospital 7 April 2020, 9:01 PM

66 people have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at St Augustine Hospital in Durban. According to a twitter post by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, 48 of them are staff.

R3.5 billion needed to mitigate effects of lockdown on taxi industry 7 April 2020, 8:53 PM

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has estimated that around R3.5 billion will be needed to mitigate the effects of lockdown on the industry.

As South Africans bemoan lockdown, other countries seem to have it worse 7 April 2020, 8:44 PM

As South Africa progresses into week two of the national lockdown, citizens have taken to social media complaining of the strict conditions and the devastating impact on the economy.

Commuters stranded in Nairobi as Kenyatta stops non-essential movement 7 April 2020, 8:41 PM

Commuters were on Tuesday stranded in various parts of Nairobi, Kenya as President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive stopping non-essential movement in and out the city, as well as three other COVID-19 affected areas in the country took effect.

Proteas batter Lizelle Lee’s wedding on hold due to lockdown 7 April 2020, 8:36 PM

As South Africa enters day 12 of the mandatory 21-day lockdown imposed by government to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus, many South Africans are still trying to adapt to the new normal.

Standard Bank weighing central bank guidance on dividends 7 April 2020, 8:08 PM

Africa’s biggest lender by assets Standard Bank said on Tuesday it would consider guidance from South Africa’s central bank asking lenders not to pay dividends in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak disrupts economies around the world.

COVID-19 IN NUMBERS 7 April 2020, 7:27 PM

This week, we look at the coronavirus (COVID-19) in numbers. The number of people who have been affected by the virus,  global lockdown statistics and transport regulations. South Africa currently stands at 1 749 confirmed cases with 13 deaths on Tuesday - the continent's highest number.

Government still assessing the effectiveness of lockdown: Ramaphosa 7 April 2020, 7:26 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is still early to decide if the nationwide lockdown should be extended. He was speaking during his visit to Rand Water's headquarters in Glenvista, South of Johannesburg, on Tuesday. 

Handling of the homeless a crying shame: Maluleke 7 April 2020, 7:15 PM

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it's shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water.

Mixed feelings among parents about paying for school services under lockdown 7 April 2020, 6:08 PM

There are mixed feelings among parents about paying for services not rendered like school fees, extra murals and scholar transport during the national lockdown.

Kenya GDP growth to drop to 3% or less in 2020 due to novel coronavirus: finance minister 7 April 2020, 5:03 PM

Kenya’s economic growth will slow to 3% or less this year from an earlier forecast of about 6% due to the effects of the novel coronavirus, its finance minister said on Tuesday.

South Africa weighing ‘funding for lending’ type scheme: central bank deputy governor 7 April 2020, 5:01 PM

South Africa is considering some kind of “funding for lending” scheme for banks as one option in response to the coronavirus crisis, central bank deputy governor and head of the Prudential Authority Kuben Naidoo told Reuters on Tuesday.

Lockdowns: Saving lives but ruining livelihoods in Africa 7 April 2020, 3:55 PM

In a dark ground-floor room in Lagos, dressmaker Kemi Adepoju gazes at a pile of dresses she has made but which cannot be collected due to the lockdown in force to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Botswana government plans to extend state of emergency to 6 months 7 April 2020, 3:24 PM

The government of Botswana says that it might extend its state of emergency to six months. President Mokgweetsi Masisi says this will enable the state to channel all its resources and energies to fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Taxi operators appeal to government for on site COVID-19 screening, protective gear 7 April 2020, 2:16 PM

Taxi operators in Mahikeng in the North West have appealed to government to deploy health workers at taxi ranks to screen commuters for coronavirus.

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K Rowling says fully recovered from possible coronavirus 7 April 2020, 12:51 PM

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling said on Monday she had recovered from a suspected case of COVID-19 after two weeks of illness.

Police Minister Bheki Cele urged police officers to ensure that the lockdown is adhered to.
Stay at home, Cele urges citizens 7 April 2020, 12:49 PM

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, has urged South Africans not to allow the country to slip into the same situation as several Western and European countries - where the coronavirus death rate continues to soar.

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North West Health officials embark on mass screening campaign in Rustenburg 7 April 2020, 12:38 PM

Health officials in the North West Province have embarked on a mass screening campaign in Rustenburg in Bojanala district where five COVID-19 cases were reported.

China must step up Africa debt relief – Ghana finance minister 7 April 2020, 12:24 PM

China must do more to help ease the debt burden of African countries facing economic calamity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta said.

Collectively, more than R60 billion is held in the reserve funds, which could be released for the treatment of South African Covid-19 patients.
Medical schemes urged to release funds in emergency reserves to fight COVID-19 7 April 2020, 11:52 AM

Financial services company, KHUSA Consulting, has called for the release of billions of rands from medical aid schemes' emergency reserves - to help treat people infected with Covid-19 across South Africa.

President Ramaphosa sends message of support to British PM Boris Johnson 7 April 2020, 11:24 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined world leaders in sending messages of support to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday. 

South African stranded in Thailand shares her story 7 April 2020, 11:00 AM

The global lockdown as a result of the deadly coronavirus has meant that many South Africans remain stranded in countries around the world.

Nehawu launches urgent court bid regarding protective gear 7 April 2020, 9:04 AM

The Labour Court in Johannesburg is expected to hear an urgent application by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) against the Department of Health, on Tuesday, regarding protective equipment for workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Egypt reports 149 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily toll 7 April 2020, 7:44 AM

Egypt on Monday reported 149 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily toll since confirming the first infection in February.

Asian shares cautiously gain on virus hopes, dollar slips 7 April 2020, 7:40 AM

Asian stock markets rallied for a second day on Tuesday, and riskier currencies rose, buoyed by tentative signs the coronavirus crisis may be levelling off in New York and receding in Europe.

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East London correctional official tests positive for COVID-19 7 April 2020, 7:07 AM

The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that one of its officials, located at East London Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape, has tested positive for COVID-19.