CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

31 October 2020, 10:30 AM
The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.
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J&J plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine in ages 12-18 soon 31 October 2020, 12:04 AM

Johnson & Johnson plans to start testing its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in youths aged 12 to 18 as soon as possible, and the company's previous experience with the same technology in a vaccine successfully used in children could give it a leg up with regulators.

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1 912 more South Africans infected with COVID-19, 66 succumb to the illness 30 October 2020, 9:33 PM

The National Health Department has reported 1 912 new coronavirus cases in the country, taking the total number of infected South Africans to 723 682.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 30 October 30 October 2020, 4:03 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continues to rise.

Why NASA’s moonshot, Boeing, Bezos and Musk have a lot riding on US election 30 October 2020, 3:58 PM

United States President Donald Trump’s differences with rival presidential candidate Joe Biden extend far beyond planet earth.

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Instagram pauses ‘recent’ search listings on US site to stop fake election news 30 October 2020, 11:16 AM

Facebook Inc's FB.O Instagram said on Thursday it was making changes to its image sharing platform for US users to prevent the spread of misinformation around the November 3 presidential election.

EU Commission says talking to four companies on COVID vaccine 30 October 2020, 2:28 AM

The European Commission is in talks with four companies to secure a potential COVID-19 vaccine, President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday following an EU leaders’ video conference.

2 056 new coronavirus cases recorded in SA 29 October 2020, 9:09 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 056 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of detected cases to 721 770 .

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Africa must prepare for second COVID-19 wave: Experts 29 October 2020, 5:03 PM

Africa must prepare for second COVID-19 wave, disease control group commented on Thursday.

Department of Mineral Resources welcomes second discovery of gas 29 October 2020, 3:44 PM

The Department of Mineral Resources has welcomed the second significant discovery of gas by its offshore exploration rig off the Southern Cape coast.

Global economic rebound at risk from rising coronavirus cases: Reuters poll 29 October 2020, 3:40 AM

There is a high risk the resurgence in coronavirus cases halts the global economic recovery by year-end, according to Reuters polls of around 500 economists, a majority of whom expected the rebound next year to be weaker than previously thought.

SABC seeks to obtain TV licence fees from people who view content on tablets 28 October 2020, 8:03 PM

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is in the process of requesting parliament to review its public broadcasting policy with regards to obtaining TV licence fees from people who view content on tablets and other devices.

Waymo, Daimler to partner in developing self-driving semi trucks 27 October 2020, 8:03 PM

Daimler AG'scommercial truck unit and Alphabet Inc's Waymo on Tuesday said they will collaborate on development of self-driving Class 8 semi trucks, applying Waymo's automated system to Daimler's Freightliner Cascadia.

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Pfizer not yet ready to release COVID-19 vaccine data 27 October 2020, 3:02 PM

Drug maker Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it was not yet ready to release data from the late-stage trial of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate it is developing with Germany's BioNTech SE.

On the moon, water water everywhere and not a drop to drink (yet) 26 October 2020, 11:57 PM

The moon lacks the bodies of liquid water that are a hallmark of Earth but scientists said on Monday lunar water is more widespread than previously known, with water molecules trapped within mineral grains on the surface and more water perhaps hidden in ice patches residing in permanent shadows.

Prof Glenda Gray calls on police visibility to enforce hygiene protocols 26 October 2020, 10:12 AM

President of the Medical Research Council Professor Glenda Gray has called on government to ensure that there's visible policing in all corners of the country.

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SA records 1622 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths 25 October 2020, 9:38 PM

South Africa has recorded 1622 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 715 868.

Sever thunderstorm warming issued for KwaZulu-Natal 25 October 2020, 3:46 PM

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of severe thunderstorms in the north western parts of the KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

Locust swarms destroy crops in the Karoo 25 October 2020, 1:00 PM

Swarms of locusts have descended upon vast areas of land in the Karoo in the Eastern Cape, devouring the grass and destroying crops on an already drought-stricken part of the country.

As it hits 1 million coronavirus cases, Colombia prepares for vaccine 25 October 2020, 4:37 AM

In a warehouse near Bogota’s airport, behind a heavy cold storage door, sit boxes upon boxes of lifesaving vaccines for everything from yellow fever to polio, awaiting transport to the furthest reaches of Colombia.

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SA records 1834 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths 24 October 2020, 9:08 PM

South Africa has recorded 1834 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 714 246.

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Heatwave impacts dam levels across the country 24 October 2020, 4:59 PM

The department of Water and Sanitation says dam levels across the country continue to drop as it hasn't been raining sufficiently to cause significant changes.

‘45% of women with COVID-19 had high levels of obesity’ 24 October 2020, 1:45 PM

A study by the University of Washington has found that 45% of pregnant women with COVID-19 had high levels of obesity.

NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection 24 October 2020, 11:30 AM

The United States probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday.

AstraZeneca resumes US COVID-19 vaccine trial 24 October 2020, 4:00 AM

AstraZeneca Plc has resumed the US trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by regulators, and Johnson & Johnson is preparing to resume its trial on Monday or Tuesday, the companies said on Friday.

Robot at Tygerberg Hospital connecting COVID-19 patients with their families 23 October 2020, 7:06 PM

Stellenbosch University has roped in a cyber friend to assist doctors, nurses, and the families of those in Tygerberg Hospital fighting COVID-19.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 23 October 23 October 2020, 4:08 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe, as the number of confirmed infections worldwide continue to rise.

Short queues in China as Apple’s newest iPhone 12 hits stores 23 October 2020, 11:08 AM

Two of Apple’s latest iPhone 12 models went on sale in China on Friday, after early pre-order data showed strong consumer interest in the 5G-enabled device in the firm’s second-largest market.

Germany readies for coronavirus vaccine before end of year – Bild 23 October 2020, 1:18 AM

Germany is making preparations to start vaccinations against the coronavirus before the end of the year, Bild daily reported on Friday.

Britain authorises temporary use of flu vaccine to help meet demand 22 October 2020, 10:51 PM

Britain has authorised the temporary use of the Flublok flu vaccine and ordered millions of doses as it seeks to give jabs to more people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Super-spreader event, cluster infections driving W Cape infections: Winde 22 October 2020, 6:52 AM

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the province over the past two weeks, is predominantly driven by certain super-spreader events and clusters of infections.