CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

18 September 2021, 6:22 AM
South Africa has recorded  173 new COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24-hours. The total related fatalities now stand at 85 952. The country also reports a further 3 648 new infections. Total cases now stand at 2 877 063.
LGE 2021 | IEC to use VMDs instead of ‘zip-zip machines” 18 September 2021, 2:01 PM

The upcoming local government election will be the first since 1998 where the so-called Zip-Zip machines won't be used. The machines were used to scan people's identity documents at voting stations. on Saturday, IEC announced the use of around 40 000 new Voter Management Devices (VMDs).

Some US hospitals forced to ration care amid staffing shortages, COVID-19 surge 18 September 2021, 4:10 AM

Surges in coronavirus cases in several US states this week, along with staffing and equipment shortages, are exacting a mounting toll on hospitals and their workers even as the number of new admissions nationwide ebbs, leading to warnings at some facilities that care would be rationed.

As California fire nears, crews protect world’s largest tree in special wrap 18 September 2021, 3:34 AM

Fire crews in California have resorted to wrapping the bases of some giant sequoias in fire-resistant coverings in a desperate effort to save the towering specimens, including the General Sherman, the world's largest tree, the National Park Service said on Friday.

Biden to convene virtual virus summit on fringe of UN 18 September 2021, 2:52 AM

US President Joe Biden will convene a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday on the margins of the UN General Assembly aimed at boosting vaccinations worldwide with the goal of ending the pandemic by the end of 2022.

Lions, tigers recovering after COVID infection at Washington’s National Zoo 17 September 2021, 11:42 PM

Big cats at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington are on the mend after all of them caught the coronavirus last week.

VIDEO: Weekly Media Briefing on the National Vaccination Rollout 17 September 2021, 8:54 AM

Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla briefs the media on the national vaccination rollout. He will also visit the Free State vaccination sites to monitor the province's COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme.

Premier Makhura to lead vaccination drive in Sebokeng 17 September 2021, 6:50 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will on Friday morning lead a vaccination drive in the Sebokeng District Municipality.

Vaccinated Mr President? We’ll take your word for it, UN says 17 September 2021, 3:46 AM

The United Nations COVID-19 vaccination honour system will remain in place for presidents, prime ministers and diplomats who enter the General Assembly Hall next week and they are not required to show proof of immunisation.

Facebook cracks down on German anti-COVID restrictions group over ‘social harm’ 17 September 2021, 3:20 AM

Facebook has removed a network of accounts linked to an anti-COVID restrictions movement in Germany as it announced a new crackdown on coordinated campaigns of real users that cause harm on and off its platforms.

As workers age, robots take on more jobs – Study 16 September 2021, 11:47 PM

It turns out robots are taking over jobs fastest around the world in places where their human counterparts are aging the most rapidly.

Moroccan cave yields oldest clues about advent of human clothing 16 September 2021, 5:32 PM

Scientists on Thursday said artifacts unearthed in a cave in Morocco dating back as far as 120 000 years ago indicate that humans were making specialized bone tools, skinning animals and then using tools to process these skins for fur and leather.

Rainy weather expected in KZN 16 September 2021, 12:19 PM

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) says KwaZulu-Natal should expect 60% chances of rain later on Thursday.

China launches emergency response after magnitude 6 earthquake hits Sichuan 16 September 2021, 1:47 AM

China said on Thursday it had launched an emergency response after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the southwestern province of Sichuan early in the morning, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster 15 September 2021, 11:23 PM

New data from Moderna Inc's large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers declines over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday.

Not enough data available to ascertain COVID-19 vaccine safety for infants: NISEC 15 September 2021, 4:46 PM

Chairperson of the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee (NISEC) Professor Hannelie Meyer says while vaccines have in the past proven effective in preventing diseases in babies, there is not enough data available to ascertain if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for infants and children.

Vaccines must become mandatory in some sectors: Karrim 15 September 2021, 10:50 AM

Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karrim, has suggested that vaccines become mandatory in some sectors, such as healthcare, saying those in the industry who choose not to vaccinate should be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test.

UCT’s mandatory vaccinations proposal to be considered by its senate 15 September 2021, 8:49 AM

The University of Cape Town has confirmed that a proposal on mandatory vaccinations will be considered by its senate during a meeting on Friday.

US judge blocks New York vaccine mandate for healthcare workers 15 September 2021, 4:19 AM

A US judge in New York on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a requirement that healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccines against the wishes of employees with religious objections.

White House encouraging state, local COVID-19 vaccine mandates 15 September 2021, 2:59 AM

The Biden administration is advocating for state and local leaders to enact COVID-19 vaccine mandates, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday.

Nicholas thrashes US Gulf Coast with heavy downpours 15 September 2021, 2:02 AM

Tropical Storm Nicholas crawled across the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast on Tuesday, drenching the region with torrential downpours and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as flood waters and debris covered streets throughout the area.

Apple’s new iPhone 13 touts faster 5G, sharper cameras to spur trade-ins 15 September 2021, 12:46 AM

Apple Inc unveiled the iPhone 13 and a new iPad mini on Tuesday, expanding 5G connectivity and showing off faster chips and sharper cameras without raising the phone's price.

More than 15 million #COVID19 vaccine doses have been administered in SA 14 September 2021, 11:11 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported 3 699 new corona virus infections in the country in the last 24-hour cycle, bringing the total number of cases to 2 864 534.

Matriculants urged to get vaccinated ahead of their final examinations 14 September 2021, 8:32 PM

Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schafer says provision has been made to prioritise eligible learners to be jabbed at specific sites.

20 years of progress in attaining SDGs snatched by COVID-19: Gates Foundation 14 September 2021, 8:37 AM

The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have stopped 20 years of progress in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Buffalo City metropolitan concerned about low dam levels 14 September 2021, 7:00 AM

The Eastern Cape's Buffalo City metropolitan area is also feeling the grip of the long-term drought ravaging the province.

Western Cape dam levels stand at 81% 14 September 2021, 6:43 AM

The average dam levels in the Western Cape this week stands at a little more than 81%.

US, EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane emissions – Documents 14 September 2021, 3:02 AM

The United States and the European Union are making a joint diplomatic push to get countries to commit to cut methane emissions by nearly a third over the next decade, ahead of the COP 26 climate change summit in November, according to documents seen by Reuters.

J&J reports promising Ebola vaccine data 14 September 2021, 2:05 AM

Johnson & Johnson said on Monday its Ebola vaccine regimen demonstrated antibody immune responses in adults and children, citing data published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

Storm Nicholas threatens US Gulf Coast with dangerous conditions 14 September 2021, 1:09 AM

The Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana was bracing on Monday for the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which was expected to batter the region with life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and gusty winds.

Buffalo City Metro concerned as damn levels continue to drop 13 September 2021, 8:02 PM

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape is feeling the effects of the long-term drought ravaging the province.