Abbott wins US approval for test that can detect coronavirus in minutes

28 March 2020, 6:49 PM
Abbott Laboratories said on Friday it won US marketing approval for a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver results to patients within minutes and be used in physicians offices and urgent care clinics, as well as hospitals.
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Rural doctors raise concerns over COVID-19 fears 28 March 2020, 12:45 PM

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) has expressed concern over hospitals in rural areas, not having enough equipment and resources to attend to the possibility of a high number of coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 in South Africa: 2020-03-27 28 March 2020, 10:56 AM

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the South African government declared a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 28 March 2020, 9:05 AM

The death toll from the coronavirus is increasing everyday. New cases are being reported around the world.

Apple’s factories are running, but suppliers wary about iPhone demand 28 March 2020, 2:08 AM

As China reopens its economy after months of lockdown, Apple Inc’s  iPhone factories are largely up and running. But with the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world, the urgent question for the company is how many buyers there will be both for current models and the new slate of phones expected in the fall.

More laboratories to perform COVID-19-related tests 27 March 2020, 3:46 PM

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHL) says they have six laboratories performing COVID-19-related tests across all nine provinces.

South Africa records first COVID-19 deaths 27 March 2020, 9:10 AM

South Africa has recorded its first deaths, weeks after the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the country. The fatalities occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public health facility.

Healthcare workers fear infecting families with coronavirus 27 March 2020, 7:30 AM

South African healthcare workers say their greatest fear is infecting their families with the coronavirus that has infected at least 927 people in the country so far.

US prepares crackdown on Huawei’s global chip supply – Sources 27 March 2020, 4:40 AM

Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus.

UK orders 10 000 ventilators from Dyson for coronavirus patients 26 March 2020, 1:15 AM

Britain has ordered 10 000 medical ventilators designed at breakneck speed by vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson, billionaire founder James Dyson said, as the country tries to boost the number of devices available to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus exposes Uber, Lyft drivers’ lack of safety net 25 March 2020, 7:36 PM

As independent contractors, US ride-hail drivers for Uber and Lyft benefited from soaring trip demand and flexible work hours.

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.

Increase in Coronavirus cases concerning: Mkhize 25 March 2020, 11:14 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is concerned about the drastic increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the country.

Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine 25 March 2020, 1:00 AM

Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed more than 16 000 people worldwide.

South Africa’s coronavirus cases reach 554, country braces for lockdown 24 March 2020, 7:16 PM

South Africa’s confirmed number of coronavirus cases rose to 554 on Tuesday from 402 a day earlier, as businesses raced to make plans for a nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday.

Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa rise to 554 24 March 2020, 11:05 AM

The cases of coronavirus in South Africa has risen to 554 and no reported deaths.

Health Minister in W Cape to commemorate World TB Day 24 March 2020, 6:35 AM

Health Minister in the Western Cape, NomaFrench Mbombo will commemorate World TB Day on Tuesday by embarking on a coronavirus awareness campaign.

SA becomes the latest country to implement a lockdown 24 March 2020, 5:04 AM

South Africa has become the latest country to implement a lockdown amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Astronauts quarantined ahead of journey to International Space Station 24 March 2020, 2:58 AM

Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut were spending their final weeks on Earth in quarantine before they are scheduled to blast off on April 9 for the International Space Station for six months as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps Earth.

Alcohol industry to donate alcohol for production of sanitisers 23 March 2020, 6:21 PM

The alcohol industry in South Africa will donate 40 000 litres of alcohol for the production of sanitisers.

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases rise to 402 23 March 2020, 2:26 PM

The Health Ministry has announced a big jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa and now has 402 cases. This is a jump of 128 over Sunday.

South African coronavirus cases rise to 274 22 March 2020, 8:36 PM

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 247.

Public warned against traditional healers that claim to cure COVID-19 22 March 2020, 8:27 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Healers Council has warned against traditional healers that claim to be able to cure coronavirus.

Diko cautions South Africans over a COVID-19 total lockdown ‘fake news’ 21 March 2020, 8:42 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko says there is no truth in rumours going around that government will announce a total lockdown on Saturday night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

KZN private hospitals avail wards and beds amid coronavirus 21 March 2020, 8:02 PM

Private hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal have agreed to avail their wards and beds - free of charge to treat and manage patients in the event of a large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the province.

EC Premier calls for calm as the province records its first coronavirus case 21 March 2020, 7:01 PM

Eastern Cape premier Lubabalo Mabuyane has called for calm after the first case of the coronavirus in the province was confirmed.

UCT confirms third case of COVID-19 21 March 2020, 4:19 PM

The University of Cape Town has confirmed that a third staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus deals blow to NASA’s 2024 return-to-moon plan 21 March 2020, 8:37 AM

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has dealt a blow to NASA’s plan to return Americans to the moon by 2024, as the space agency chief on Thursday ordered the temporary closure of two rocket production facilities after an employee tested positive for the illness.

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WHO recommends exercise to combat effects of COVID-19 20 March 2020, 8:21 PM

The World Health Organisation has recommended exercise to combat the effects of COVID-19.

Fins of prehistoric fish reveal origins of the human hand 20 March 2020, 4:01 PM

Inside the stout fins of a fish that prowled the shallow waters of an estuary in what is now eastern Canada about 380 million years ago, scientists have found what they call the evolutionary origins of the human hand.

SA’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 202 20 March 2020, 11:50 AM

The Free State has registered seven cases of COVID-19 for the first time. Five of those infected had travelled to the US, France and Israel recently. The Eastern Cape, Free State and the Norther Cape are the only provinces in the country that are yet to confirm cases.