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.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 29 May 2020, 10:00 PM

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

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.

Doctor
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
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.

Hands holding ARV pills
Chronic patients urged to continue collecting medication during lockdown 23 May 2020, 9:51 AM

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has called on chronic patients to find alternative ways to get their medicines during the lockdown.

JUST IN | SA reports 28 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing death toll to 397 22 May 2020, 7:35 PM

South Africa reports 28 new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 397. According to the Health Department, the total number of confirmed cases is at 20 125, and total recoveries at 10 104.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap 22 May 22 May 2020, 7:20 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from the African content, Europe and the Americas.

Free State Health Department recruiting health workers in fight against COVID-19 22 May 2020, 6:46 PM

The Free State Health Department says it's in the process of recruiting more healthcare workers in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 In Numbers | 16 May – 22 May 2020 22 May 2020, 4:27 PM

This week: COVID-19 exposes inequality in education as SA schools prepare to reopen. Coronavirus, this week, claims its youngest victim.

Gauteng opting for more targeted testing and tracing technique 22 May 2020, 2:59 PM

Acting Health Director General, Dr Anban Pillay, says while government would like the test the entire country for COVID-19, the lack of availability of testing kits globally makes this a difficult task.

Gauteng is ready for level 3 lockdown, says physicist Bruce Mellado 22 May 2020, 7:11 AM

A physicist at Wits University, Professor Bruce Mellado, says he is convinced that Gauteng is ready to move to alert level 3 lockdown.

US forecasters expect above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season -NOAA 22 May 2020, 2:33 AM

US forecasters expect an above-normal 13-19 named storms during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.

US secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 22 May 2020, 1:35 AM

The United States has secured almost a third of the first 1 billion doses planned for AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion (981 million pounds), as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work.

US doctors call for Remdesivir data to guide coronavirus treatment 22 May 2020, 12:22 AM

US doctors and others in the scientific community are calling for the release of data that convinced health regulators to authorize emergency use of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat COVID-19, so they can direct limited supplies on the right patients.