North West University creates app to help with screening of learners

31 May 2020, 7:17 PM
The Faculty of Engineering at the North West University in Potchefstroom has devised an app which can expeditiously help in the screening of learners.
Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence 2 June 2020, 3:59 AM

Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.

Facebook, Snapchat join chorus of companies condemning George Floyd death, racism 2 June 2020, 1:35 AM

Facebook Inc and Snapchat developer Snap Inc became the latest US companies condemning racial inequality in the United States as violent protests flared up across major cities over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 1 June 2020, 4:35 PM

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

FEATURE: Other ways to keep yourself entertained during lockdown 31 May 2020, 11:42 AM

In this weekly feature, COVID Tech, Digital News producer Tshepiso Moche, covers tech innovations related to COVID-19 and lockdown. In this edition, as the continent celebrates Africa Month, we look at four apps that best reflect her uniqueness, among them African delicacies as well as African music.

Zoom plans to roll out strong encryption for paying customers 31 May 2020, 10:07 AM

Video conferencing provider Zoom (ZM.O) plans to strengthen encryption of video calls hosted by paying clients and institutions such as schools, but not by users of its free consumer accounts, a company official said on Friday.

NASA resumes human spaceflight from US soil with historic SpaceX launch 31 May 2020, 8:27 AM

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years.

High-tech robots developed by Zora Bots
Rwandan medical workers deploy robots to minimise coronavirus risk 31 May 2020, 3:41 AM

At the Kanyinya COVID-19 treatment facility a short distance from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Akazuba, Ikizere and Ngabo report for duty, but these are no ordinary health care workers.

COVID-19 related deaths in SA climb to 643; 52% of them male 30 May 2020, 8:55 PM

Thirty-two more people have died from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa as confirmed cases climbed up to 30 967.

Gauteng braces itself for anticipated increase of COVID-19 infections 30 May 2020, 8:20 PM

Gauteng is bracing for an anticipated increase of COVID-19 infections.

South Africans urged to remain calm amid rising COVID-19 cases 30 May 2020, 9:48 AM

The Chairperson of government's Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has urged the public to keep calm in the face of the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country.

Mkhize warns of a possible spike in Western Cape cluster outbreaks during Level 3 29 May 2020, 7:33 PM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that cluster outbreak infections could increase further in the Western Cape as the lockdown is eased.

Western Cape COVID-19 deaths estimated to reach 9 300 29 May 2020, 4:45 PM

Scenario planning for the COVID-19 pandemic in the Western Cape forecasts that an estimated 9 300 people could die of the virus.

COVID_19 Tests
About 755 children under 9 years have contracted COVID-19: Health Department 29 May 2020, 9:00 AM

Statistics revealed by the Health Department reveal that 755 children under the age of nine have contracted COVID-19.

Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter in Trump fight 29 May 2020, 3:27 AM

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took pains to distance his company from Twitter and its fight with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the White House moved to scrap a law protecting social media companies.

Hydroxychloroquine combination risky for cancer patients with COVID-19 – Study 28 May 2020, 11:33 PM

Cancer patients with COVID-19 who were treated with a drug combination promoted by US President Donald Trump to counter the coronavirus were three times more likely to die within 30 days than those who got either drug alone, US researchers reported on Thursday.

Trump executive order takes aim at social media firms 28 May 2020, 6:15 PM

US President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, an extraordinary attempt to intervene in the media that experts said was unlikely to survive legal scrutiny.

JHB residents called to refrain from using dangerous warming devices 28 May 2020, 12:44 PM

The Johannesburg Emergency Services has called on residents to refrain from using house warmers that could endanger their lives.

Google sees resurgence in state-backed hacking, phishing related to COVID-19 28 May 2020, 5:46 AM

Security experts at Alphabet Inc’s Google sent 1,755 warnings in April to users whose accounts were targets of government-backed attackers, following a resurgence in hacking and phishing attempts related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump threatens social media shutdown over Twitter fact-check label 28 May 2020, 1:22 AM

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the President’s claims.

Data puzzle as Spain tweaks coronavirus tracking system 26 May 2020, 9:55 PM

Spain’s Health Ministry on Tuesday defended changes to its methodology for recording coronavirus data that have led to wild fluctuations in daily statistics and provoked sharp criticism by opposition parties.

COVID-19 cases at SA prisons rise to 732 26 May 2020, 8:43 PM

The Department of Correctional Services has  a total number of 732 COVID-19 cases  with 256 officials and 476 inmates. 

There are short and long-term benefits for not smoking: Dlamini-Zuma 26 May 2020, 2:45 PM

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says there are short and long-term benefits for people who stop smoking.

WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns 26 May 2020, 2:40 AM

The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Cape Cold fronts
Cold front with promise of rain expected over the Eastern Cape 25 May 2020, 8:49 PM

The first cold wet weather of this season is expected over the dry Eastern Cape this week, with a promise of some rain over the Langkloof, which is the catchment area for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Heavy cold front hits the Cape Peninsula 25 May 2020, 8:48 AM

The first heavy cold front has made landfall in the Cape Peninsula bringing gusty winds of up to 50 kilometres per hour in some places.

Future of Medical Aid Schemes hangs in the balance 24 May 2020, 7:32 PM

The future of Medical Aid Schemes post the COVID-19 pandemic hangs in the balance.

Smartphone data shows America’s cautious comeback 24 May 2020, 11:02 AM

Data from millions of mobile phones shows varying behaviour across the United States in May as people responded to the loosening of stay-at-home orders, a Reuters analysis shows.

French COVID-19 cases slow and patient tallies continue to fall 24 May 2020, 3:35 AM

Coronavirus infection rates in France have slowed further and the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and intensive care continued to fall, health ministry figures showed, a sign that social distancing is keeping contagion in check for now.

Labour Department orders the closure of Eastern Cape’s Frere Hospital 23 May 2020, 8:00 PM

The national Labour Department has ordered the Eastern Cape Health Department to close down Frere Hospital in East London.

NICD catches sight of local SARS-CoV-2 23 May 2020, 5:50 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it has caught sight of the local SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.