Sol Plaatje Municipality hopeful of mayor’s recovery from COVID-19

11 July 2020, 6:08 PM
The Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberley in the Northern Cape says it is optimistic that Mayor Patrick Mabilo will overcome the coronavirus.
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Access to HIV medicine severely disrupted due to COVID-19: WHO 7 July 2020, 6:02 AM

The WHO says access to HIV medicine has been severely disrupted because of COVID-19, with 73 countries reporting that they are at risk of ARV stock-outs. The UN health agency is calling on governments to be creative about how they balance provision of services for HIV and COVID-19.

China’s Sinovac starts late stage trials for its COVID-19 vaccine 7 July 2020, 5:01 AM

China's Sinovac Biotech is starting Phase III trials of its potential coronavirus vaccine in Brazil, it said on Monday, becoming one of three companies to move into the late stages in the race to develop an inoculation against the disease.

WHO reviewing report urging new guidance over airborne spread of coronavirus 6 July 2020, 10:03 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is reviewing a report urging it to update guidance on the novel coronavirus after more than 200 scientists, in a letter to the health agency, outlined evidence the virus can spread in tiny airborne particles.

Thokoza hostel residents appeal for testing after two women die allegedly of COVID-19 complications 6 July 2020, 9:41 PM

Two women at a hostel in Durban have died, allegedly of COVID-19 related complications.

Correctional Services reports 69 new COVID19 cases on Monday 6 July 2020, 9:40 PM

The Department of Correctional Services has reported 69 new COVID-19 cases.

Kenya uses app in battle against desert locusts 6 July 2020, 9:33 PM

Lorugum village in northwest Kenya is under siege. Hundreds of thousands of young desert locusts perch on trees, shrubs, and in the grass.

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Protesting healthcare workers at a Free State hospital disrupt services 6 July 2020, 7:18 PM

Health services at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein have been disrupted. This after workers, including nurses, administrators and general staff, downed tools.

City in China’s Inner Mongolia warns after suspected bubonic plague case 6 July 2020, 5:32 PM

Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, one day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.

North West’s COVID-19 fight gets a boost 6 July 2020, 9:19 AM

The Royal Bafokeng Platinum mine in the North West province has donated a state-of-the-art field hospital to the Provincial Health Department.

Bolivia’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 6 July 2020, 4:20 AM

Bolivia’s Health Minister María Eidy Roca has tested positive for COVID-19 though is in stable condition, the ministry said on Sunday, as a sharp rise in cases of the novel coronavirus strain hospitals and cemeteries in the South American country.

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SA COVID-19 cases jump by 8 773, bringing total infections to 196 750 5 July 2020, 9:05 PM

South Africa’s cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases has jumped to 196 750 as the country reported 8 773 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

Zikalala worried about rise in COVID-19 cases in KZN 5 July 2020, 3:28 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says he is concerned about the drastic increase of confirmed coronavirus cases in the province.

Lancet Laboratories will only test people with doctor’s referral 5 July 2020, 1:29 PM

Lancet Laboratories has advised people not to come to test for corona virus without a doctor's referral at their premises.

Technology is a powerful determinant of change, but labour can shape its direction 5 July 2020, 8:20 AM

Technology is a product of human labour. The working class and society can, therefore, shape its direction, writes Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo (PhD), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand

FEATURE: Dashboard may help manage COVID-19 hotspots in Gauteng 5 July 2020, 6:54 AM

As the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the Gauteng province continues to rise at an alarming rate, the provincial Department of Health, Wits University and IBM Research Africa have developed a powerful data-driven dashboard to help reduce the spread of the virus.

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID-19 trials after failure to reduce death 5 July 2020, 2:15 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

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Wandering False Bay hippo finds new home 4 July 2020, 6:24 PM

A wandering hippo from the False Bay Nature Reserve in Cape Town has found a new home at Bergsig Game Farm in Mossel Bay.

SA marks 100 days since lockdown 4 July 2020, 4:25 PM

Saturday marks 100 days since South Africa went under lockdown. Since then the country has moved from banning alcohol sales, church services, movement of non-essential workers, visits to salons and restaurants to lifting the bans. However, strict conditions are attached to the sectors' continued operation.

SANDF to deploy health care practitioners to assist Eastern Cape 4 July 2020, 2:02 PM

As coronavirus infections increase rapidly in the Eastern Cape, the SANDF is deploying a total of 52-military health care practitioners to the province.

Brazil health regulator Anvisa allows Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trial 4 July 2020, 5:29 AM

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac,according to an official gazette publication.

St Barnabas Hospital goes extra miles to save COVID-19 patients 3 July 2020, 9:06 PM

While South Africa battles COVID-19, at the forefront of the war against the invisible enemy, are health workers. Among them, Dr Vusumzi Mehlo, a Clinical Manager at St Barnabas Hospital at Libode, in the Eastern Cape.

108 more people succumb to COVID-19 as SA reports a record 9 063 new cases 3 July 2020, 9:05 PM

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 177 124, after the country reported 9 063 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Department of Health said on Friday.

Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public 3 July 2020, 7:01 PM

When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 3 July 3 July 2020, 4:15 PM

In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from the African continent, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Health experts cast doubt on India’s timeline for COVID vaccine 3 July 2020, 2:05 PM

The Chief of India's top clinical research agency said in a leaked letter circulated on Friday it envisaged launching a novel coronavirus vaccine by August 15, prompting scepticism from some health experts who questioned the short timeline.

Mpumalanga adopts three pillar strategy to mitigate COVID-19 impact 3 July 2020, 12:05 PM

Mpumalanga has adopted a three pillar strategy to deal and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Western Cape has not yet reached COVID-19 peak: Expert 3 July 2020, 9:59 AM

An expert from the Centre for Infectious Diseases, Professor Andrew Boulle says the Western Cape has not yet reached its coronavirus peak.

8 Free State mourners test positive for COVID-19 3 July 2020, 9:45 AM

Contact tracing is under way in Frankfort in the Free State after eight mourners tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). They were part of a group of people who attended a funeral service held in the area.

SA reports a record 8 728 new coronavirus cases on Thursday 2 July 2020, 11:08 PM

South Africa records another daily increase in coronavirus cases with 8 728 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 169 061.

10 children have died of COVID-19 in SA: Health Department 2 July 2020, 9:42 PM

10 children have died of COVID-19 in South Africa, with 2 deaths in the past week alone. Statistics from the Department of Health also revealed that children make up approximately 6% of COVID-19 infections in the country.