CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

27 November 2021, 6:30 AM
South Africa has recorded 2 828 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of infections to 2 955 328. This increase represents a 9.1% positivity rate.
China brings e-cigarettes under tobacco monopoly law 27 November 2021, 4:48 AM

China amended its tobacco monopoly law on Friday to include e-cigarettes, stepping up regulation of the fast-growing vaping industry in the world's largest tobacco market.

Archaeologists find 800-year old mummy in Peru 27 November 2021, 3:25 AM

A team of experts has found a mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old on Peru's central coast, one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavation said on Friday.

WHO names new COVID variant omicron, cautions against travel measures 26 November 2021, 9:43 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday classified the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa as a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," saying it may spread more quickly than other forms.

Travel bans imposed on SA premature: Joe Phaahla 26 November 2021, 8:56 PM

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla, says the travel bans imposed on South Africa by certain countries are premature and not in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

2 828 new coronavirus cases reported in SA on Friday 26 November 2021, 8:39 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), has reported 2 828 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 955 328.

New COVID-19 variant triggers global alarm as WHO urges caution 26 November 2021, 6:34 PM

Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the EU and Britain among those tightening border controls as researchers sought to find out if the mutation was vaccine-resistant.

Mabuza urges traditional and religious leaders to play a role in getting people vaccinated 26 November 2021, 6:02 PM

South Africa is in danger of having two pandemics unless the government, civil society, church, and traditional leaders join forces to educate the public about this looming danger.

Minister Ntshavheni switches off last analog transmitter in Northern Cape 26 November 2021, 5:00 PM

The Northern Cape is the latest province to fully migrate to digital terrestrial. Northern Cape is the second province to go digital after the Free State.

VIDEO | DOH briefing on new COVID variant B.1.1.529 26 November 2021, 4:52 PM

The Department of Health is holding a virtual media briefing to give an update on the latest COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa.

No problems expected following Northern Cape migration from analogue to digital: Sentech 26 November 2021, 1:02 PM

Broadcast signal distributor, Sentech, says it does not predict any problems following the migration from analogue to digital in the Northern Cape.

New COVID-19 variant could be causing positivity rate spike in SA: NICD 26 November 2021, 6:25 AM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says a new variant of the virus could be driving the noticeable increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.

UK flags concern over newly identified coronavirus variant 26 November 2021, 5:30 AM

A newly identified coronavirus variant that has spread in South Africa is the most concerning that British health officials have yet seen as it has double the number of mutations of the Delta variant, including some associated with evading immune response.

Egypt revives ancient road connecting Luxor and Karnak 26 November 2021, 4:41 AM

A restored road connecting two ancient Egyptian temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor was unveiled on Thursday in a lavish ceremony aimed at raising the profile of one of Egypt's top tourist spots.

UK sets out plans to boost global digital trade 26 November 2021, 4:29 AM

Improving digital trade would provide huge opportunities for British businesses and help boost economic growth, the government's Board of Trade said, setting out how it aims to become a world leader in modern services and online goods.

Strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude strikes India-Myanmar border region 26 November 2021, 2:39 AM

A shallow and strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck the Myanmar-India border region early on Friday, India's National Center for Seismology said.

Six African countries to be added to COVID red-list – Javid 26 November 2021, 1:46 AM

Britain said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa on Thursday, which might make vaccines less effective and imperil progress made across the world in fighting the pandemic.

Shell responds to widespread criticism of its planned seismic testing project off KZN Wild Coast 25 November 2021, 11:27 PM

Petroleum giant Shell has refuted claims that it failed to conduct proper environmental impact assessments for its planned, five-month seismic testing project off the Wild Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Government still to meet regarding new coronavirus variant: Phaahla 25 November 2021, 6:05 PM

Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the government still needs to meet and decide if there will be any need to restrict movement in the wake of the new COVID-19 variant.

EU regulator gives go-ahead to first COVID shot for 5-11 year olds 25 November 2021, 3:50 PM

The EU's drug regulator approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of five and 11 on Thursday, paving the way for them to be given a first shot as Europe struggles to contain a surge in infections.

Surge in coronavirus cases in Tshwane centered around universities and colleges: Professor Tulio De Oliveira 25 November 2021, 3:17 PM

Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, Tulio De Oliveira, has urged people who are eligible to get the vaccine as it is the best protection against the coronavirus - which is again surging in parts of Gauteng.

Africa CDC in contact with SA health officials amid new variant concerns 25 November 2021, 1:10 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has confirmed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa.

Unvaccinated youth urged to get COVID-19 injection as fourth wave fears mount 25 November 2021, 11:30 AM

The Health Department’s Acting Director-General, Dr Nicholas Crisp, has reiterated the call for unvaccinated youth to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying it could help protect them and their loved ones when the fourth wave hits the country. South Africa has requested Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer to delay deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines due to an […]

France to announce COVID-19 booster shots for all adults – Media 25 November 2021, 2:30 AM

France is expected to announce that COVID-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults as well as stricter rules on wearing face masks and more stringent health pass checks to curb a new wave of infections, French media reported.

WHO says all countries remain vulnerable to intense transmission of COVID-19 24 November 2021, 9:09 PM

We are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic - that's the warning from the World Health Organisation's Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

1 275 new coronavirus cases recorded in SA as WHO raises concern over surging infections globally 24 November 2021, 7:28 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported 1 275 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 950 035. 

COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting booster shot rethink 24 November 2021, 6:25 PM

Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe on Wednesday, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and made health experts think again about booster vaccination shots.

Russia to export nasal form of COVID vaccine, roll out new jab for children 24 November 2021, 5:05 PM

Russia announced progress in its Sputnik suite of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, with a new version aimed at children and a nasal spray that President Vladimir Putin said he had taken as a booster.

Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs continues efforts to contain avian flu in the province 24 November 2021, 4:26 PM

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs says the outbreak of avian flu amongst wild seabirds in the province has seen more than 21-thousand dead birds.

VIDEO | WHO media briefing on COVID-19 resurgence 24 November 2021, 4:00 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is holding a media briefing on recent resurgence of COVID-19 in different areas of the globe. 

South Korea reports daily record of 4 116 new COVID-19 infections 24 November 2021, 3:55 AM

South Korea reported a new daily record of 4 116 new coronavirus cases for Tuesday, as the country battles to contain a spike in serious cases requiring hospitalisation, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Wednesday.