SA records 17 493 new COVID-19 cases, Gauteng accounts for 10 806 of them

23 June 2021, 8:27 PM
CSIR Senior Researcher, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, says 5 842 people are currently in hospital in Gauteng and this already surpasses the peak seen in the second wave.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 23 June 2021, 7:30 PM

South Africa has reported 17 493 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1 861 065. There have been 166 new fatalities, pushing the death toll to 59 258.

KZN teachers heed call to get vaccinated 23 June 2021, 5:40 PM

Teachers in KwaZulu-Natal have heeded the call to get the coronavirus vaccine as number of teachers arrived early at the vaccination sites in the province.

Global regulators to introduce first oversight of ESG raters 23 June 2021, 3:03 PM

A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for raters of corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in July to stem growing concern among asset managers about overstated green credentials.

Government urged to look out for other vaccines available in the market 23 June 2021, 11:25 AM

Co-convenor of Progressive Health Forum, Dr Aslam Dasoo has urged government to look out for other vaccines that are available in the market to speed up the vaccination programme.

Notices on Iran-linked websites say they have been seized by US 22 June 2021, 11:11 PM

Notices appeared on Tuesday on a number of Iran-affiliated websites saying they had been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action.

Africa needs more skills to establish mRNA technologies hub: SAMRC 22 June 2021, 12:09 PM

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) says Africa will need more skills to establish an mRNA technologies hub on the continent.

mRNA hub will change Africa’s image and promote self-reliance: Ramaphosa 22 June 2021, 7:00 AM

The hub will boost vaccine manufacturing abilities in the region, as Africa continues to struggle with vaccine procurement.

US directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia 22 June 2021, 1:27 AM

The White House laid out a plan on Monday to share 55 million US COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program.

Most poorer countries do not have enough COVAX shots to continue vaccinations: WHO 21 June 2021, 9:18 PM

More than half of poorer countries receiving doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue, an official from the World Health Organisation, which co-runs it said on Monday.

WHO setting up hub to make COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa 21 June 2021, 6:46 PM

The World Health Organisation has selected South Africa to establish the first mRNA technology transfer hub.

VIDEO | Ramaphosa joins WHO media briefing on COVID-19 vaccines 21 June 2021, 5:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, and French President Emmanuel Macron are holding a joint media briefing on COVID-19 vaccines.

EU privacy watchdogs call for ban on facial recognition in public spaces 21 June 2021, 4:18 PM

Europe's two privacy watchdogs teamed up on Monday to call for a ban on the use of facial recognition in public spaces, going against draft European Union (EU) rules which would allow the technology to be used for public security reasons.

Gauteng health acknowledges that some facilities are not used optimally amid COVID surge 21 June 2021, 10:00 AM

The Gauteng government has acknowledged that some of the province's health facilities are not properly utilised to cope with the surge in COVID-19 hospitalisations.

Virologist calls for extra deployment of health workers in Gauteng 21 June 2021, 9:00 AM

More than 5 000 people are currently being treated in the province's hospitals, which is putting high pressure on available resources.

UK launches plan to capitalise on science and technology breakthroughs 21 June 2021, 2:15 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would lead a new drive to capitalise on scientific and technological breakthroughs made in Britain with a programme to direct research into areas that will benefit the public good.

Gauteng COVID-19 deaths have increased by 80% week on week: Dr Suliman 20 June 2021, 8:24 PM

Senior Researcher at the CSIR, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, says the number of people dying from COVID-19 in Gauteng has increased 80% week on week, and the situation in the province is of major concern.

KwaHlathi stones are not diamonds but quartz crystals: Report 20 June 2021, 6:18 PM

The team of geoscientists and mining experts that were inspecting the stones found in KwaHlathi in Ladysmith that were thought to be diamonds, have released a preliminary report stating that the stones are indeed not diamonds.

KZN’s COVID-19 infection rate going up steeply: Premier 20 June 2021, 3:00 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the province's COVID 19 infection rate has started going up steeply. Zikalala was briefing the media on the latest statistics and vaccination progress in the province.

Scientists to release report on stones found near Ladysmith 20 June 2021, 2:11 PM

Scientists analysing stones that attracted scores of people at KwaHlathi near Ladysmith will on Sunday report on their findings whether the stones are really precious.

VIDEO: KwaZulu-Natal Premier briefs media on COVID-19 statistics, vaccination efforts 20 June 2021, 12:00 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala briefs media on the latest statistics and vaccination progress in the province.

COVID-19 lab leak theory short on evidence, long on guesswork: Foreign Policy 20 June 2021, 2:19 AM

The lab leak theory about the current COVID-19 pandemic just doesn't hold up, reported US news publication Foreign Policy recently.

More than 2 137 000 vaccine doses administered in SA: Health Ministry 19 June 2021, 9:50 PM

The Health Ministry says more than 2 137 000 people have received a vaccination so far in South Africa.

Zimbabwe boy who was disfigured after hyena attack arrives in South Africa for surgery 19 June 2021, 7:29 PM

The nine-year-old Zimbabwean boy who was severely disfigured after a hyena attack has arrived in South Africa for reconstructive surgery.

Eastern Cape government concerned about low turnout for vaccinations in rural areas 19 June 2021, 11:32 AM

The Eastern Cape government is concerned about the low turnout of the elderly for vaccinations in remote rural areas. Ngqeleni area in the Nyandeni municipality has a low rate of registration.

Easter Cape Education Department plan to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators 19 June 2021, 8:45 AM

The Eastern Cape Education Department plans to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators as part of its vaccine roll out as the infection rate continues to rise in the province.

Africa COVID trajectory is ‘very concerning’, WHO official says 18 June 2021, 4:27 PM

The trend of COVID-19 cases in Africa is very concerning, a senior World Health Organisation official said on Friday.

VIDEO: Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane COVID-19 press briefing 18 June 2021, 7:37 AM

The Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, together with a panel of experts brief the media on the progress of government's efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including an update on the national vaccination roll out programme.

SA records 11 767 new COVID-19 cases, 100 deaths on Thursday 18 June 2021, 12:18 AM

South Africa has recorded 11 767 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 1 786 079.

All systems go for University of the Western Cape’s Vaccination Centre launch 17 June 2021, 2:22 PM

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says its COVID-19 Vaccination Centre will officially be launched tomorrow.  

KZN embarks on drive to encourage people in rural areas to vaccinate 17 June 2021, 9:46 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department is embarking on an intensive drive to encourage people over the age of 60, in the province's rural and outlying areas to get vaccinated.