Government to outline SA’s readiness for Census 2022

25 January 2022, 9:00 AM
Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Thembi Siweya, and the Statistician-General, Risenga Maluleke, are on Tuesday expected to outline Stats SA's state of readiness to conduct the nationwide population and housing census.
Calls grow for President Ramaphosa to end national state of disaster 25 January 2022, 7:42 AM

Some medical experts have added their voices to calls to end the national state of disaster, which was declared in March 2020, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 25 January 2022, 5:30 AM

1 332 people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3 582 691 in the past two years. The Department of Health has reported 14 deaths in the past 24 – 48 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 94 265 to date.

U.S. FDA to restrict use of Regeneron, Lilly COVID antibody drugs – WaPo 25 January 2022, 1:19 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to restrict the use of COVID-19 antibody treatments from Regeneron (REGN.O) and Eli Lilly (LLY.N) as they are ineffective against the Omicron variant, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

KwaZulu-Natal professors receive VinFuture Prize in Vietnam for groundbreaking research on HIV prevention in SA 24 January 2022, 7:44 PM

Eminent University of KwaZulu-Natal professors, Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim have received an award in Vietnam for their ground-breaking research on HIV prevention in South Africa.

SA reports 1 332 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths 24 January 2022, 7:30 PM

On Monday the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 1 332 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 582 691.

Texas, Washington, D.C. sue Google over location tracking practices 24 January 2022, 6:21 PM

Texas and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday over what he called deceptive location tracking practices that invade users' privacy.

WHO chief says world at ‘critical juncture’ in COVID-19 pandemic 24 January 2022, 12:27 PM

The head of the World Health Organization on Monday urged countries to work together to bring the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to an end, saying that they now have all the tools available to do so.

Fourth COVID vaccine shot raises resistance to serious illness for over-60s: Israel 24 January 2022, 3:11 AM

A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group, Israel's Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Parents of Kimberley girl who has been selected to tour NASA request for donations 23 January 2022, 4:39 PM

The parents of a 15-year-old Kimberley girl who has been selected to tour the facilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) later this year have appealed for donations in helping their daughter realise her dream.

SA Medical Association reiterates for government to allow GP’s to administer COVID-19 vaccinces 23 January 2022, 12:06 PM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has reiterated its call for government to work towards allowing general practitioners (GPs) to administer COVID-19 vaccines - saying the move would help to accelerate the uptake of jabs.

Small children getting less sick from Omicron; Genetic mutation protects against severe COVID 23 January 2022, 2:19 AM

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review.

Brazil’s Health Ministry approves China’s Sinovac shot for some children 22 January 2022, 4:52 AM

Brazil's Health Ministry on Friday approved use of Sinovac Biotech Ltd's COVID-19 vaccine, Coronavac, for children ages 6 to 17.

US studies highlight the need for COVID boosters to fight Omicron 21 January 2022, 10:37 PM

Three US studies show that a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is key to fighting the Omicron coronavirus variant, providing 90% protection against hospitalisation due to COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday.

EU told to prepare for fourth COVID vaccine doses, if needed 21 January 2022, 4:56 PM

European Union health ministers were told on Friday to prepare to deploy a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines as soon as data showed it was needed, as the bloc faces a surge in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Analysis: How Omicron highlights fading hope of herd immunity from COVID 21 January 2022, 10:28 AM

The Omicron variant, which is spreading far faster than previous versions of the coronavirus, is not likely to help countries achieve so-called herd immunity against COVID-19, in which enough people become immune to the virus that it can no longer spread, leading disease experts say.

KZN parents fully support vaccination of teenagers against COVID-19 20 January 2022, 3:08 PM

Some parents in KwaZulu-Natal say they are fully behind the vaccination of teenagers against COVID-19.

Study casts doubt on reliability of rapid antigen tests in children 20 January 2022, 11:41 AM

When used in children, rapid antigen tests for detecting the coronavirus do not meet accuracy criteria set by the World Health Organisation and US and UK device regulators, according to researchers who reviewed 17 studies of the tests.

New vaccine factory aims to produce a billion doses of vaccines annually 20 January 2022, 8:56 AM

A new factory that is expected to produce a billion doses of vaccines annually by 2025 has been launched in Cape Town. The R3 billion campus in Brackenfell will enable South Africa to produce the first batch of second-generation COVID-19 vaccines within a year.

Over 1.2 mln people died from drug-resistant infections in 2019 – Study 20 January 2022, 3:20 AM

More than 1.2 million people died in 2019 from infections caused by bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics, higher than HIV/AIDS or malaria, according to a new report published on Thursday.

Peru says oil spill caused by Tonga waves is an ‘ecological disaster’ 20 January 2022, 1:42 AM

An oil spill at a refinery in Peru during high waves caused by the explosion last weekend of a volcano in Tonga is an "ecological disaster," the Peruvian government said on Wednesday.

Facebook critics call for release of India human rights review 20 January 2022, 1:17 AM

Facebook critics on Wednesday called on the world's largest social network to release a human rights impact assessment it commissioned in 2020 to investigate hate speech on its platforms in India.

No intake of new nursing students in Limpopo to impact health services: Denosa 19 January 2022, 12:54 PM

Denosa in Limpopo says nursing colleges in the province have not admitted new students for the past three years.

Japan set to widen COVID-19 curbs as Omicron drives record infections 19 January 2022, 11:13 AM

Japan was poised on Wednesday to widen COVID-19 curbs to the capital, Tokyo, and a dozen regions covering half the population, as the Omicron variant of coronavirus drives record new infections.

Explainer: N95? KF94? Which mask is best at protecting against COVID-19 19 January 2022, 10:07 AM

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said Americans should wear the most protective mask they can, but stopped short of recommending an N95 or similar face covering.

US finds more avian flu cases in wild birds, identifies strain 19 January 2022, 3:54 AM

The US Department of Agriculture reported two more cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in wild birds on Tuesday, raising risks for potential infections in poultry.

Chinese city of Tianjin reports fewer COVID-19 cases 18 January 2022, 4:24 PM

The Chinese city of Tianjin reported fewer COVID-19 cases on Tuesday after quickly taking measures to curb the highly transmissable Omicron variant, steps that have also affected the local operations of foreign firms such as Boeing.

Mandatory vaccination is possible if authorities are well organised: HSRC 18 January 2022, 11:01 AM

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) says mandatory vaccination is possible if the authorities are well organised.

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital cases 18 January 2022, 4:05 AM

Australia on Tuesday suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push up hospitalisation rates to record levels, even as daily infections eased slightly.

SANBS experiencing blood shortages in KZN 17 January 2022, 8:41 PM

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is appealing for more support from its donors in KwaZulu-Natal.

Tokyo region governors to seek further measures to counter COVID-19 surge 17 January 2022, 1:02 PM

The governors of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures agreed on Monday to request further measures from the central government, including shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants, to help counter rising COVID-19 infections.