VIDEO | DoH and leading experts address COVID-19 questions

27 January 2021, 8:04 PM
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize and health experts are addressing questions on upcoming vaccine inoculation in the country.
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AfriForum forges ahead with court action against SAHPRA over use of Ivermectin 27 January 2021, 9:20 PM

Ivermectin is not authorised for human use in South Africa, but some medical practitioners have been calling for it to be used for the treatment of COVID-19.

SAHPRA approves controlled use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 27 January 2021, 3:15 PM

SAHPRA says it will facilitate an access programme for the drug, known to be used in the treatment of parasites in animals.

Heavy rains add to plight of vulnerable communities in KwaZulu-Natal 27 January 2021, 7:08 AM

Heavy rains in northern KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week have added to the plight of vulnerable communities as Tropical Storm Eloise continues to move through parts of South Africa.   

‘Moderna, Pfizer vaccines effective against SA’s coronavirus variant’ 27 January 2021, 6:42 AM

Co-chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says preliminary results of an ongoing study by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), show that Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are effective against the coronavirus variant that has been detected in South Africa.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 27 January 2021, 5:30 AM

South Africa has recorded 6 041 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 1 423 578.  In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the Health Department has also reported 680 more COVID-19 related deaths.

Babies from famed carnivorous dinosaur group were ‘born ready’ to hunt 27 January 2021, 1:54 AM

Scientists for the first time have found embryonic remains from the group of ferocious meat-eating dinosaurs that includes T. rex - fossilised jaw and claw bones that show these record-size babies looked a lot like adults and were "born ready" to hunt.

6 041 new coronavirus cases reported in SA, 680 more deaths 26 January 2021, 9:31 PM

South Africa has recorded 6 041 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to  1 423 578. 

Two thirds of adults willing to take COVID-19 vaccine: Research 26 January 2021, 9:02 PM

Two-thirds of adults are willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, according to findings from the latest University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) COVID Democracy Survey.

Mangaung Metro sends warning to road users ahead of severe weather 26 January 2021, 8:06 PM

The Mangaung Metro has warned residents to be cautious on the roads following a severe weather warning by the South African Weather Services.

Two dead, unconfirmed number displaced by tropical storm Eloise 26 January 2021, 2:54 PM

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma accompanied by Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Kwa Zulu-Natal MECs updated the nation on the tropical storm and heavy down pours that are experienced in some areas of the country.  

Limpopo Health warns residents of bogus COVID-19 researchers 26 January 2021, 11:41 AM

The Limpopo Health Department has warned people to be vigilant of bogus researchers who are collecting blood samples from the community under the guise of COVID-19 research.  

More health workers appointed in Namakwa District to combat COVID-19 26 January 2021, 8:05 AM

The Northern Cape Health Department has appointed 56 more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to the province's Namakwa District where two potential COVID-19 hotspots have been identified.  

Britain to help other countries track down coronavirus variants 26 January 2021, 3:42 AM

Britain will share its genomic sequencing capabilities with other countries to help quicker identify new variants of the coronavirus in places with less ability to do so, its Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants 26 January 2021, 2:14 AM

Moderna Inc said on Monday it believes its COVID-19 vaccine protects against new variants found in Britain and South Africa, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the South African variant after concluding the antibody response could be diminished.

SA records 4 551 new COVID-19 cases, 243 more deaths 25 January 2021, 9:53 PM

South Africa has recorded  4 551 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number to  1 417 537. 

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Limpopo residents concerned as heavy rains drive hippos, crocodiles into their communities 25 January 2021, 7:30 PM

On Sunday, a crocodile was found near a homestead, causing panic among the residents.

Moderna vaccine effective against COVID-19 variant found in SA 25 January 2021, 6:22 PM

American pharmaceutical company Moderna says its latest research shows that its vaccine is effective against the COVID-19 variants found in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Stormy weather, cold front expected to shift to Gauteng: SA Weather Services 25 January 2021, 3:20 PM

Strong winds and heavy rains continue to lash communities in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

City of Ekurhuleni issues flood warning 25 January 2021, 12:30 PM

The City of Ekurhuleni has warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas due to the persistent rain that's been falling over Gauteng's East Rand.  

Government’s main goal is to achieve herd immunity: Mkhize 25 January 2021, 11:45 AM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has sought to allay fears over the efficacy of various coronavirus vaccines, saying government's main goal is to achieve herd immunity.

Italy to take legal action on COVID-19 vaccine delays to get doses 25 January 2021, 3:00 AM

Italy will take legal action and step up pressure in Brussels against Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca over delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines with a view to securing agreed supplies, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.

Govt leaders should take COVID-19 vaccine in public to demystify myths: Mabuyane 24 January 2021, 5:00 PM

Government leaders should take the COVID-19 vaccine in public to demystify myths surrounding the vaccine and to show citizens that it is safe.

India to give vaccine in seven more states this week 24 January 2021, 10:55 AM

India said it will administer the coronavirus vaccine COVAXIN in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million healthcare workers across the country.

Cyclone Eloise expected to affect north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal 24 January 2021, 3:30 AM

Weather experts have reported that the cyclone Eloise will affect the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal from around midday on Sunday.

Limpopo vigilant as cyclone Eloise lashes Mozambique 23 January 2021, 10:00 PM

Disaster management teams have been deployed in Limpopo ahead of the arrival of cyclone Eloise that is expected to hit the province as well as Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl 23 January 2021, 3:00 PM

The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app.

South African scientists who discovered new COVID-19 variant share what they know 23 January 2021, 11:42 AM

Late last year the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) identified a rapidly spreading new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The new variant, called 501Y.V2, raises critical questions – including whether current vaccines and treatments will still be effective.

SAHPRA approves Health Dept as India’s COVID-19 vaccine supplier 23 January 2021, 8:40 AM

Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has approved an application to recognise the Health Department as the supplier of the Serum Institute of India vaccine. Section 21 Authorisation is required in terms of SAHPRA regulations.

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine appear rare: CDC report 23 January 2021, 1:55 AM

Severe allergic reactions to Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine appear to be quite rare, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday, after over 4 million people had received their first dose.

WHO panel to issue recommendations on Moderna vaccine next week 23 January 2021, 12:41 AM

An independent panel of vaccine experts has reviewed data from Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine and will make public its recommendations on the vaccine's use next Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.