Masks should be prioritised for health workers to avoid shortage against coronavirus: WHO

6 April 2020, 9:25 PM
The World Health Organisation (WHO) voiced concern on Monday that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tiger with COVID-19 gets meds, TLC from New York’s Bronx Zoo keepers 7 April 2020, 12:06 AM

Nadia, the tiger who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in New York, and six other big cats who developed a dry cough at the Bronx Zoo appeared to be on the mend on Monday after doses of medication and tenderness.

SA scientists discover COVID-19 genome that could help curb the spread of the virus 6 April 2020, 9:00 PM

Scientists in South Africa say they have sequenced the coronavirus genome in the country and this will assist South Africa in tracking the local spread of COVID-19.

Challenges posed by HIV, TB in the fight against COVID-19 under the spotlight 6 April 2020, 8:20 PM

Fears of an imminent COVID-19 catastrophe drove government to put the country under national lockdown for three weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Arms firm Denel to produce ventilators in coronavirus fight 6 April 2020, 8:20 PM

South Africa's Denel will design and develop medical ventilators in partnership with other state-owned entities, research bodies and medical technology companies to help treat coronavirus patients, the state arms and technology company said on Sunday.

SA makes more spectrum available to meet internet demand 6 April 2020, 7:56 PM

South African telecommunications regulator ICASA announced on Monday an emergency release of broadband spectrum to meet a spike in internet demand during alockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Relief for Mpumalanga residents after years of water struggle 6 April 2020, 6:45 PM

Residents of Jerusalem, north of White River in Mpumalanga, will now have clean drinking water following the drilling of six boreholes in the area by the Water Affairs and Sanitation department.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 6 April 2020, 9:05 AM

The death toll from the coronavirus is increasing everyday. New cases are being reported around the world.

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus 6 April 2020, 8:14 AM

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

SAMA expected to approach Court over isolation of two doctors 6 April 2020, 8:13 AM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is expected to approach the High Court in Polokwane, on Monday, to make an urgent application against the Limpopo Health Department with regard to the isolation of two doctors allegedly against their will.

South Africa confirms 11 deaths of COVID-19 6 April 2020, 12:00 AM

On Sunday the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 1655, this is an increase of 70 from the previously reported cases.

North West receives five mobile trucks for COVID-19 screening, testing 5 April 2020, 9:00 PM

The North West Health Department has received five mobile units for screening and testing of COVID-19.

Mkhize called to intervene in dispute over forced quarantine of two doctors 5 April 2020, 11:05 AM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it has requested Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to intervene in a dispute with the Limpopo Health Department over the forced quarantine of two doctors who tested positive for the coronavirus.

‘Doctors with COVID-19 acted irresponsibly by letting domestic worker come to work’ 5 April 2020, 10:55 AM

The Limpopo Health Department says the two doctors at the centre of its dispute with the South African Medical Association (SAMA), acted irresponsibly while self-isolating, in letting their domestic worker come to work after they had tested positive for the coronavirus.  

Number of coronavirus intensive care patients in Italy drops for first time 5 April 2020, 1:30 AM

Italy reported its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths for nearly two weeks on Saturday and said the number of patients in intensive care had fallen for the first time.

Eastern Cape rural learners want to go back to school despite national lockdown 4 April 2020, 7:47 PM

The Department of Education's Online Education programme seems to be a complete failure for some learners in rural areas of the Eastern Cape.

Call for communities to monitor water levels as rain falls 4 April 2020, 4:40 PM

Emergency service personnel have called on communities, especially those in low-lying areas including informal settlements, to monitor water levels and move to higher ground when necessary.

Researchers warn the COVID-19 lockdown will take its own toll on health 4 April 2020, 10:12 AM

As governments race to stem the spread of coronavirus through an unprecedented closing of schools, businesses and travel, some specialists fear the long term public health impacts of a depressed economy and shuttered society.

Miracle cures? UK investigators go after fake coronavirus medicines 4 April 2020, 1:50 AM

British authorities said on Saturday they were clamping down on bogus cures for the coronavirus, which currently has no specific licensed treatment.

Dr Zweli Mkhize
Concern raised over levels of adherence to lockdown restrictions 3 April 2020, 9:03 PM

With South Africa on its eighth day of the national lockdown, concern has been raised as to levels of adherence to restrictions, including staying at home if one is a non- essential worker.

Lockdown has helped in reducing COVID-19 infections: Mkhize 3 April 2020, 11:09 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the lockdown has so far helped in reducing the number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

COVID-19 Frontline Workers: Nurses share stories 3 April 2020, 10:06 AM

With South Africa under lockdown aiming at slowing down the transmission of COVID-19, thousands of health workers are in the frontline. Nurses from various hospitals and clinics anonymously share their experiences with SABC News.

Nasrec Expo Centre to be used to accommodate Gauteng COVID-19 patients 3 April 2020, 6:24 AM

The Gauteng Department of Health is planning on using the Nasrec Expo centre as a health facility to accommodate COVID19 patients.

Minister Lamola assures privacy of individuals during tracing exercise 3 April 2020, 6:04 AM

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says a designated judge will be appointed to protect the privacy of individuals when tracing those who came into contact with coronavirus patients.

France races to boost supplies of critical medications 3 April 2020, 2:00 AM

The French government is racing to try to ensure it can produce or procure itself certain medications as stocks run low due to the coronavirus outbreak,French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday.

SA now has a COVID-19 tracing database 2 April 2020, 8:00 PM

The movements of people who have tested positive or are reasonably suspected to have contracted corononavirus can be traced through their electronic communications service providers.

Facebook launches desktop version for Messenger as video calls surge 2 April 2020, 7:10 PM

Facebook Inc on Thursday rolled out the desktop version of its Messenger app for Apple’s Mac and Microsoft’s Windows to make video chats available on computer screens for Facebook users.

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Global lockdown has resulted in healthier environments: Environmental activists 2 April 2020, 7:00 PM

Environmentalists say the global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has had remarkable impacts on the environment.

Concern over Mametlhake Hospital staff’s wellbeing after two doctors test positive for COVID-19 2 April 2020, 7:00 PM

The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it is concerned for the health of its members at the Mametlhake Hospital in Mpumalanga.

African governments team up with tech giants to fight coronavirus lies 2 April 2020, 2:23 PM

Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms that could propel the pandemic on a continent with shaky healthcare systems.

Weather forecaster says these weather patterns will persist till Friday night.
Thunderstorms predicted for KZN 2 April 2020, 12:52 PM

The South African Weather Service says KwaZulu-Natal should expect 60 percent chances of thunderstorms later on Thursday afternoon.