Abbott wins US approval for test that can detect coronavirus in minutes

28 March 2020, 6:49 PM
Abbott Laboratories said on Friday it won US marketing approval for a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver results to patients within minutes and be used in physicians offices and urgent care clinics, as well as hospitals.
More coronavirus test kits are needed: Mkhize 20 March 2020, 7:00 AM

The number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa is currently at 150 and the Health Minister says it could reach the 200 mark on Friday. Mkhize says at least 60-70% of South Africans will be affected by the virus that has the world on tenterhooks and has claimed more than 10 000 lives.

Potential coronavirus treatment touted by Trump already in shortage -Pharmacists 20 March 2020, 12:24 AM

An old malaria treatment that has been tried with some success against the new coronavirus and was touted by US President Donald Trump at a news briefing earlier on Thursday is in short supply as demand surges amid the fast-spreading outbreak.

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There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus: Zweli Mkhize 19 March 2020, 9:03 PM

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, says there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus. This comes as the US gives the go-ahead to test a malaria drug called Chloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus.

Hand hygiene most important preventative measure: NICD 19 March 2020, 8:42 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says hand hygiene is the single most important preventive measure in the current outbreak of the COVID-19. 

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NMU produces its own hand sanitiser 19 March 2020, 8:39 PM

The Nelson Mandela University has turned to its own experts and facilities to produce hand sanitiser, which is in short supply in Port Elizabeth.

SA among countries committed to COVID-19 vaccine trials: WHO 19 March 2020, 9:07 AM

South Africa is among a group of countries that have committed to being part of a series of smaller vaccine trials testing different methods and treatments to combat COVID-19.

Gauteng may not be able to deal with coronavirus screening: Makhura 19 March 2020, 5:41 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says public health facilities may not be able to deal with the increased number of people who want to be screened for the coronavirus. He says there is unnecessary panic and anxiety in communities, which forces them to rush to clinics and hospitals to test for the disease. Makhura was briefing […]

Twitter bans misleading coronavirus information 19 March 2020, 4:05 AM

Twitter on Wednesday barred users from posting misleading information about the new coronavirus, including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments, tightening its normally lax rules around speech.

HIV drug combo fails as treatment for severe COVID-19 in China: Study 19 March 2020, 3:16 AM

A pill containing two HIV drugs that was touted as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus was not effective, according to a study released late on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

WHO calls for ramping up of medical supplies to fight coronavirus 18 March 2020, 9:02 PM

The World Health Organisation called on Wednesday for "order and discipline" in the market for health equipment needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and said it was in discussions with China and others to ramp up supplies.

[Update] Ekurhuleni sets up operation centre to monitor coronavirus 18 March 2020, 1:27 PM

City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mzwandile Masina says they've resolved to use their Emergency Fund to procure vaccines from Cuba and elsewhere in the world as part of the City's immediate contribution to curbing the coronavirus.

Psychology behind panic buying 18 March 2020, 12:43 PM

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement, that schools would closed from today and some borders would be shutdown, hundreds of people rushed to the stores near them to buy food and essentials in bulk.

SA’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 116 18 March 2020, 10:02 AM

South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There has been an increase of 31 new cases, with 6 more cases of local transmission.

No evidence to suggest pregnant women are more prone to contracting COVID-19 18 March 2020, 9:12 AM

Professor of Vaccinology at the Wits University Shabir Madhi says there is not enough evidence to suggest that pregnant women are more prone to contracting COVID-19.

New coronavirus can persist in air for hours and on surfaces for days: Study 17 March 2020, 11:14 PM

The highly contagious novel coronavirus that has exploded into a global pandemic can remain viable and infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces up to days, according to a new study that should offer guidance to help people avoid contracting the respiratory illness called COVID-19.

Grade R learners in Richards Bay screened for coronavirus 17 March 2020, 8:53 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu, says all Grade R learners from Richards Bay Primary School in the province have been screened for COVID-19, following allegations that a fellow Grade R learner tested positive for the cornavirus.

VIDEO: Higher Education briefs media on measures to combat COVID-19 outbreak 17 March 2020, 3:13 PM

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande briefs the media after meeting with all relevant stakeholders within the higher education sector.

Australian researchers map immune response to coronavirus 17 March 2020, 11:48 AM

Australian researchers said on Tuesday they have mapped the immune responses from one of country’s first coronavirus patients, findings the health minister said were an important step in developing a vaccine and treatment.

Vanishing YouTube videos: Google expects AI errors as coronavirus empties offices 17 March 2020, 3:10 AM

YouTube could see a jump in videos erroneously taken down for content policy violations as the company relies more on automated software during the coronavirus pandemic, Alphabet Inc’s Google warned on Monday.

Medical practitioners advised not to treat patients if they do not have protection 16 March 2020, 5:11 PM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has advised its members to refuse to treat patients if they do not have sufficient protection against coronavirus.

Taxi ranks, train stations to undergo random COVID-19 screening 16 March 2020, 2:56 PM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says random screening of the coronavirus will take place across all taxi ranks and train stations.

VIDEO: Media briefing on government’s response plan to coronavirus 16 March 2020, 10:00 AM

The cabinet ministers involved in President Cyril Ramaphosa's coronavirus response plan will brief the media about specific interventions.

England joins nations offering HIV prevention pill to all at high risk 15 March 2020, 3:20 PM

England will join a growing list of countries offering HIV-prevention pill to all those at high risk of catching the virus, the British government announced on Sunday.

Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website 15 March 2020, 7:49 AM

Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) said on Saturday that it was working with the US government to develop a nationwide website that would help Americans with questions about coronavirus symptoms, risk factors, and testing.

Canada’s hardest hit province limits virus testing as demand grows for swabs 15 March 2020, 5:00 AM

Canada’s most populous province of Ontario, which has reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases, on Saturday said it would limit testing for the respiratory illness until it can guarantee a more steady supply of swabs.

South Africans repatriated from China arrive at Gateway Airport 14 March 2020, 9:52 AM

The SAA chartered plane carrying over a hundred repatriated South Africans from the Chinese city of Wuhan and members of the SANDF has landed at the Gateway Airport in Polokwane in Limpopo.

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board 14 March 2020, 12:38 AM

Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, who made the company one of the world's most valuable technology firms, stepped down from the board on Friday to focus on philanthropic works related to global health, education and climate change.

Ramaphosa to chair urgent meeting to discuss ways to limit spread of coronavirus 13 March 2020, 4:44 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this weekend chair an urgent meeting of Cabinet that will discuss ways to limit the spread of the coronavirus from travellers coming into the country.

INFOGRAPHIC: Living conditions for SA repatriates under quarantine 13 March 2020, 3:22 PM

A total of 122  South Africans will be repatriated from Wuhan, China to the Ranch Hotel and Resort in Polokwane where there will be under quarantine for 21 days.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus will not be allowed on the plane: Mkhize 13 March 2020, 9:07 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says if any of the South Africans who are going to be repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan is diagnosed or has symptoms of coronavirus, they will not be allowed on the plane.