COVID-19 infection rate over the past week in Gauteng a cause for concern: Dr Suliman

9 May 2021, 9:15 PM
Senior Researcher at the  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Ridhwaan Suliman says there has been a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in South Africa in the last two weeks and people must continue to adhere to protocols to prevent a major resurgence of the virus.
Simulation and Clinical Skills Unit opened at Stellenbosch University 5 May 2021, 6:37 PM

The unit boasts among others hi-tech medical models as well as a simulated hospital ward and consultation rooms.

Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine effective but some data lacking: WHO experts 5 May 2021, 5:30 PM

The COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech is efficacious in preventing COVID-19 in adults under 60, but some quality data on the risk of serious adverse effects is lacking, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts have found.

Facebook’s Workplace tool reaches 7 million paid subscribers 5 May 2021, 11:56 AM

Social media platform Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that its Workplace tool had reached 7 million paid subscribers, up more than 40% from a year earlier.

SA records 1 187 new COVID-19 cases, 59 deaths 4 May 2021, 8:58 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 187 new coronavirus cases in the past 24-hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1 586 148.

President Ramaphosa stresses importance of global preparedness in healthcare 4 May 2021, 7:33 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasized the need for expanding global healthcare access to counter any future pandemics.

It is impossible to control spread of COVID-19 variants globally: NICD 4 May 2021, 9:45 AM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it is impossible to control the spread of coronavirus variants around the world.

Govt to ensure COVID-19 vaccinations reach healthcare workers in rural areas: SAMRC 4 May 2021, 6:41 AM

The South African Medical Research Council says government is working to ensure more coronavirus vaccinations will reach healthcare workers in rural areas.

SA records 897 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 3 May 2021, 11:39 PM

South Africa has recorded 897 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 584 961.

WHO emphasizes need to increase COVID-19 vaccine production 3 May 2021, 9:41 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasized the need for an increase in the production of coronavirus vaccines, saying global herd immunity is far from being accomplished.

Ramathuba says the Limpopo province aims to vaccinate 59 000 health workers 3 May 2021, 5:17 PM

The Limpopo Department of Health resumed the COVID-19 vaccination program last week after it was halted last month for safety concerns.

Western Cape is geared to continue with the COVID-19 vaccination programme – Dlodlo 3 May 2021, 2:39 PM

State Security Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, says the Western Cape is geared to continue with the Covid-19 vaccination programme for both health care workers and the general population when the country starts its second phase of vaccinations later this month.

SAMRC strengthens its vaccine safety monitoring 3 May 2021, 9:44 AM

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) says they have strengthened their vaccine safety monitoring in line with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) regulations.

Pfizer vaccine arrives at the OR Tambo Airport 3 May 2021, 5:55 AM

The first batch of more than 325 000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at the OR Tambo Airport late on Sunday night.

Britain to send 1000 more ventilators to India 3 May 2021, 12:03 AM

Britain will send another 1000 ventilators to India, the government said on Sunday, stepping up its support as India's healthcare system struggles to cope with a huge surge in cases of COVID-19.

Forestry panel recommends captive lion industry in SA be halted immediately 2 May 2021, 6:25 PM

The 25 panellists were divided on the recommendations for the management of captive lions. The majority however want the captive lion industry in South Africa to be halted immediately.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive Sunday night in SA 2 May 2021, 6:02 PM

A consignment of over 325 000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses is expected to arrive at OR Tambo International Airport later Sunday evening in South Africa.

Four astronauts return from space station aboard SpaceX capsule 2 May 2021, 5:16 PM

Four astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space Station early on Sunday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, parachuting to splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico, NASA said.

Virgin Active SA hit by cyber attackers 2 May 2021, 11:05 AM

The company says in a statement that law enforcement agencies and its IT security teams are currently working around the clock to contain and manage the crisis.

Mexico looks for US help as AstraZeneca admits Latin American vaccine delay 2 May 2021, 2:00 AM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday the United States would probably send his country five million more doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, as the company admitted production in Latin American had suffered multiple setbacks.

South Africa reports 56 more COVID-19 related deaths 1 May 2021, 9:26 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 632 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle. This has increased the total number of infections in the country to 1 582 842. 

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity shifts into new operational test phase 1 May 2021, 4:20 AM

After exceeding all expectations with its initial four test flights, the first ever by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, NASA's tiny Mars robot helicopter Ingenuity is ready for graduation.

Russia records more than 400 000 excess deaths during pandemic: Reuters calculations 30 April 2021, 9:16 PM

Russia recorded more than 400 000 excess deaths from last April to this March during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the state statistics agency published on Friday.

J&J shot can be given to pregnant women: SAHPRA 30 April 2021, 4:25 PM

The health ministry said SAHPRA had previously said pregnant and breast-feeding women should be excluded from a local research study evaluating the J&J vaccine's efficacy.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 30 April 30 April 2021, 3:38 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.

KZN disaster management teams on high alert amid fears of localised flooding 30 April 2021, 7:10 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has placed disaster management teams on high alert as heavy rainfall is forecast in the province on Friday.

Colombia warns of nine new strains of dangerous coffee fungus 30 April 2021, 1:55 AM

Colombia's coffee federation has discovered nine new, more aggressive variants of the fungus that causes coffee rust, it said on Thursday, urging producers to plant more resistant coffee varieties to avoid spreading the disease.

SA records 1 086 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 30 April 2021, 12:22 AM

South Africa has recorded 1 086 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 579 536.

First cold front of the season expected in SA over the weekend: SAWS 29 April 2021, 1:00 PM

A cold front is expected to grip most parts of the country from Friday onwards. The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has confirmed that a high-pressure system will bring with it icy conditions and heavy rainfall.

Government, industry push Bitcoin regulation to fight ransomware scourge 29 April 2021, 4:04 AM

Government and industry officials confronting an epidemic of ransomware, where hackers freeze the computers of a target and demand a payoff, are zeroing in on cryptocurrency regulation as the key to combating the scourge, sources familiar with the work of a public-private task force said.

SA records 1 250 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 29 April 2021, 12:21 AM

South Africa has recorded 1 250 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 578 450.