Omicron may be less severe, but not ‘mild’ – WHO chief

6 January 2022, 6:44 PM
The more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe disease than the globally dominant Delta strain, but should not be categorised as"mild", the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
China’s factories reopen, only to fire workers as virus shreds global trade 26 March 2020, 10:31 AM

Shi Xiaomin, who used to export suits and blazers by the thousands to South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States, was luckier than many other Chinese factory owners.

What you can and can’t do during the lockdown 26 March 2020, 10:20 AM

As the country counts down to the national lockdown on Thursday, justice and security cluster ministers have once again urged the public to adhere to new regulations.

NSRI to remain fully operational during lockdown 26 March 2020, 8:53 AM

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSIR) says it will remain fully operational and ready to respond to emergencies during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.

Government identifies quarantine sites 26 March 2020, 8:28 AM

Government officials have identified quarantine sites across the country as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises from day to day.

Public transport will stop during 21-day lockdown 26 March 2020, 6:45 AM

Ministers in the Security Cluster say public transport including minibus taxis, trains and passenger flights will come to a virtual halt when the 21-day lockdown takes effect at midnight tonight.

Ministers stress on stringent measures during lockdown 25 March 2020, 9:23 PM

Speaking at a security cluster briefing on the stringent measures that will come into effect during the lockdown period, Ministers stressed the seriousness of the situation. 

AmaZulu FC taking COVID-19 matter very seriously: Dlamini 25 March 2020, 9:22 PM

Interim coach Ayanda Dlamini has revealed that AmaZulu FC have not trained since the first warnings over Covid-19 were issued by government, saying the club has taken the matter very seriously.

Athletes urged to take advantage of postponed Olympic games 25 March 2020, 9:12 PM

South African athletes have been urged to take advantage of the Olympic Games postponement by working on their preparations during this time.

UN unveils plan to assist poor countries to fight COVID-19 25 March 2020, 9:02 PM

The United Nations Secretary General has launched a two billion dollar global humanitarian response plan to fund the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries.

Limpopo MEC for sport in self-isolation 25 March 2020, 8:24 PM

MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo Thandi Moraka is in self isolation after taking a test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

South Africans will be able to watch Easter services: Ndabeni-Abrahams 25 March 2020, 8:23 PM

Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says South Africans will be able to watch Easter services on Sunday through a channel on SABC and DSTV, as well as online.

Ramaphosa applauded for decisions taken to curb spread of coronavirus 25 March 2020, 8:04 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has been described as a litmus test for President Cyril Ramaphosa. His leadership has already been a point of discussion since the outbreak of the lethal virus.

IMF says coronavirus to hit sub-Saharan Africa’s growth hard 25 March 2020, 7:08 PM

The spread of the coronavirus into sub-Saharan Africa will hit the region’s economic growth hard, with direct disruptions to people’s livelihoods, tighter financial conditions, reduced trade and investment and a steep drop in commodity prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Facility to house homeless people opens as SA prepares for lockdown 25 March 2020, 7:03 PM

About 800 homeless people in Durban are expected to be thrown a lockdown lifeline on Thursday, with the opening of the first facility to house them.

Afreximbank creates $3 bln pandemic credit facility for Africa 25 March 2020, 6:10 PM

The African Export Import Bank is creating a $3 billion credit facility to help African countries overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Afreximbank announced in a statement.

Locked-down no longer, China’s Hubei begins return to normal 25 March 2020, 5:36 PM

Life started returning to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction resuming and people catching buses and trains across once-shut borders.

Mining operations to be scaled down during lockdown: Mantashe 25 March 2020, 4:12 PM

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, says mining operations will be scaled down significantly during the 21-day lockdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Almost 2000 contacts being traced after new coronavirus cases in Free State 25 March 2020, 3:51 PM

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize says they are tracing almost 2000 contact cases after the department noted 15-new coronavirus cases in the Free State linked to a church in Mangaung.

Stop the clock – Japan awakes to reality of Tokyo Games postponement 25 March 2020, 2:28 PM

Japan awoke on Wednesday to the deflating reality that the Olympics they had hoped to host in Tokyo this summer were now probably 16 months away after the coronavirus crisis forced organisers into an unprecedented postponement.

Makhura details Gauteng plans ahead of national lockdown 25 March 2020, 1:50 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province's dense population is making social distancing difficult to contain the spread of the Coronavirus in the province.

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus 25 March 2020, 1:37 PM

Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus but is in good health and is now self isolating in Scotland.

Video: Gauteng government gives update on the coronavirus 25 March 2020, 12:03 PM

Gauteng government is briefing the media with plans in place to be implemented during the national lockdown.

Botswana quarantines citizens travelling from SA 25 March 2020, 11:03 AM

The Botswana government has put under mandatory quarantine citizens who have recently returned to the country after travelling to South Africa.

Coronavirus cases in South Africa rise to 709 25 March 2020, 8:58 AM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have gone up to 702 cases.

North West Health Department tracing people suspected of COVID-19 25 March 2020, 8:05 AM

The North West Health Department says it has already started tracing people who may have been in contact with the five patients who tested positive for coronavirus.

SAA suspends all domestic flights 24 March 2020, 9:45 PM

South African Airways (SAA) has suspended all its domestic flights with effect from Friday until April 16, the period during which South Africa is on lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Netball SA’s president tests positive for coronavirus 24 March 2020, 9:30 PM

Netball South Africa president Cecelia Molokwane has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Government to assist spaza shops amid COVID-19 pandemic 24 March 2020, 9:27 PM

Small Business Development Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says spaza shops will be provided with assistance by government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africans stuck in other countries urged to contact embassies 24 March 2020, 9:23 PM

International Relations says South Africans stuck in various parts of the world due to the coronavirus pandemic should make contact with South African Embassies in those countries.

AU scales down operations as coronavirus cases increase in Africa 24 March 2020, 8:46 PM

The African Union Commission has put measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.