Lower number of COVID-19 cases can be attributed to fewer tests: NICD

28 July 2021, 6:25 AM
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the relatively low number of reported new COVID-19 cases must be seen in the context of the lower number of tests being conducted, close to 37 000 in the latest reporting period.
World Health Organisation warns against complacency in countries recording low COVID-19 infections 29 July 2021, 3:44 PM

The World Health Organisation has warned that countries should not be complacent with the record of low COVID-19 infection numbers.

Ramaphosa pleased with the pace of vaccination rollout programme 29 July 2021, 12:36 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is satisfied with the pace of vaccination throughout the country.

Ramaphosa to visit two Gauteng vaccination sites as rollout continues 29 July 2021, 9:00 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit two vaccination sites in Gauteng on Thursday morning to assess progress in the country's vaccination programme.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 29 July 2021, 5:50 AM

South Africa has recorded 17 351 new cases of the coronavirus, pushing the total number of infections to 2 408 525.

J&J says US FDA agrees to extend shelf life of its COVID-19 vaccine 29 July 2021, 4:09 AM

The US Food & Drug Administration extended the shelf life for Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to six months from four-and-a-half months, the company said late Wednesday.

SA records 17 351 new COVID-19 cases, 520 deaths 28 July 2021, 8:40 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says another 520 people have died from COVID 19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period, taking the overall official death toll to 70 908.

This is no time to neglect hepatitis – 70 million Africans are infected 28 July 2021, 7:50 AM

In 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) set an ambitious target to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. This was followed by commitments from governments – including African countries – to develop national strategic plans for viral hepatitis and earmark resources to eliminate the disease.

Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to ‘a real shooting war’ 28 July 2021, 1:47 AM

President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned that a significant cyber attack on the United States could lead to "a real shooting war" with a major power,comments that highlight what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia and China.

South Africa records 7 733 new COVID-19 cases, 370 deaths 27 July 2021, 9:01 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says South Africa recorded 7 733 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours., bringing to 2 391 223 the total number of confirmed cases in the country.

Limpopo launches a second vaccination site at an institution of higher learning 27 July 2021, 5:10 PM

The Health Department in Limpopo has launched a second vaccination site at an institution of higher learning. Those aged 35 and above can now visit the University of Venda in Thohoyandou to get vaccinated.

Eastern Cape officially enters third wave of COVID-19 27 July 2021, 12:31 PM

The Eastern Cape has now officially entered into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth.

Daily records of COVID-19 do not reflect ‘true number of infected people” 27 July 2021, 6:07 AM

Epidemiologist Jo Barnes has reiterated the warning that despite noting a decrease in the number of new daily coronavirus cases, the health sector's records do not display the true number of infected people in South Africa.

Tracing COVID-19 origins is “no time for finger-pointing,” says Karim 27 July 2021, 5:55 AM

Discourse around the origins of COVID-19 or its source tracing investigation is the terrain of qualified Scientists and politics should never be allowed space to interrupt scientific research work.

Storm remains a threat, bringing rain as it lurks off coast 27 July 2021, 2:27 AM

A storm off Japan’s east coast remained a threat to the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, despite not battering the host city with devastating winds and rain as initially feared.

Facebook sets up new team to work on the ‘metaverse’ 27 July 2021, 1:47 AM

Facebook is creating a product team to work on the “metaverse,” a digital world where people can move between different devices and communicate in a virtual environment, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday. The team will be part of the company’s virtual reality organisation, the group’s executive Andrew Bosworth said in a Facebook post. “You […]

Prof Karim says lockdown level four restrictions assisted in curbing spread of COVID-19 26 July 2021, 9:42 PM

Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says the implementation of level four lockdown assisted the country in lowering the number of new coronavirus cases, while keeping the economy active.

SA COVID-19 deaths tip 70 000 mark 26 July 2021, 7:51 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the official death toll from COVID-19 in South Africa has topped the 70 000 mark after another 243 people died in the last 24-hour testing period.

Mpumalanga government targets mining sector as COVID fight intensifies further 26 July 2021, 6:30 PM

More than 8 000 workers at Sasol are expected to be vaccinated this week ahead of the maintenance shutdown at the power station.

Government vows to ramp up its vaccination programme 26 July 2021, 7:13 AM

Government has vowed to ramp up its vaccination programme with people between the ages of 18 and 34 scheduled to start getting their vaccination from September 1.

SA has passed peak of COVID-19 third wave: Dr Suliman 25 July 2021, 9:09 PM

Senior Researcher at the CSIR Dr Ridhwaan Suliman says the downward trend of COVID-19 infection numbers is good news and shows that the country has passed the peak of the third wave but people still need to adhere to the coronavirus hygiene protocols.

Cars, pavements washed away as Belgian town hit by worst floods in decades 25 July 2021, 3:44 PM

The southern Belgian town of Dinant was hit by the heaviest floods in decades on Saturday after a two-hour thunderstorm turned streets into torrential streams that washed away cars and pavements but did not kill anyone. Dinant was spared the deadly floods 10 days ago that killed 37 people in southeast Belgium and many more […]

Weather conditions expected to slightly improve: SA Weather Service 25 July 2021, 12:08 PM

The South African Weather Service says temperatures in parts of the country will start to improve from on Monday.  Temperatures in many parts dropped below freezing point in the past few days.

How the rollout of South Africa’s renewable energy plan is failing communities 24 July 2021, 6:00 PM

South Africa’s over-reliance on coal-fired power plants places the country among the world’s top carbon emitters and does huge damage to the health of its citizens. The country has also struggled to maintain a stable energy supply since 2007. Power cuts are now a regular feature of South African life.

Northern Cape launches drive-through vaccination campaign 24 July 2021, 3:15 PM

The health department in the Northern Cape has launched a drive-through vaccination campaign. Residents who have not been inoculated yet, can get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the Upington Showgrounds in the comfort of their cars.

Magnitude 6.7 quake hits south of the Philippine capital 23 July 2021, 11:38 PM

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

SA records 13 719 new COVID-19 cases, 450 fatalities 23 July 2021, 8:30 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 13 719 new COVID-19 cases were identified in South Africa overnight, pushing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 356 049.

Limpopo launches vaccination drive for social development cluster workers 23 July 2021, 3:48 PM

Limpopo has become the last province to launch the vaccine roll-out programme for workers in the Social Development Cluster.

Residents suffer health problems after chemical spill in Durban 23 July 2021, 7:35 AM

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance says many residents have confirmed that they have health problems following the release of toxic chemicals after people set fire to a chemical factory inland from Umhlanga last week.

VIDEO: Acting Health Minister briefs the media on COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan 23 July 2021, 7:19 AM

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi and Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla will be hosting a media briefing on the progress of government’s COVID-19 and vaccination rollout plan.

Eastern Cape Social Development Department encourages workers in the sector to get vaccinated 23 July 2021, 5:34 AM

The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape is encouraging all workers in the sector to get vaccinated for COVID-19.