SA records 1 447 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday

3 March 2021, 9:56 PM
The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 1 516 262 with 1 447 new cases identified since the last report.
Doctors Without Borders reiterates call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines 28 February 2021, 11:51 AM

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors without Borders, has reiterated its call to wealthy nations and pharmaceutical corporations to provide solutions to ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines for poor countries.

Indigenous fish at Rietvlei Dam under pressure from exotic species: Tshwane officials 28 February 2021, 8:20 AM

Tshwane officials say indigenous fish at the Rietvlei Dam are under pressure from exotic species. The city started a research and survey project at Rietvlei Dam which will later be extended to all five municipal dams. 

US authorises Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine 28 February 2021, 4:23 AM

The US government on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, enabling millions more Americans to be vaccinated in the coming weeks and setting it up for additional approvals around the world.

US administers 72.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC 28 February 2021, 3:11 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 72,806,180 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the country as of Saturday morning and it had distributed 96,402,290 doses.

Experts closely monitoring health workers who received J&J vaccines: Rees 27 February 2021, 10:02 PM

Experts are closely monitoring South African health workers who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine - especially those who may get the coronavirus.

China to advance commercial space industry: space scientist 27 February 2021, 6:13 PM

China will continue to advance its space programme with a series of launch missions in 2021 and promote the development of the commercial space industry during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025)...

Agricultural experts warn of possible outbreak of Rift Valley fever amid rains 27 February 2021, 5:01 PM

Agricultural experts have warned livestock and game farmers about a possible outbreak of the Rift Valley fever which causes livestock and game to abort. 

Health Ministry celebrates ‘early’ first vaccination milestone 27 February 2021, 11:20 AM

South Africa is rapidly and successfully rolling out the delivery of the early access Johnson and Johnson vaccine to healthcare workers through the Sisonke Programme.

US urges vaccine-sceptical Tanzania to review evidence on the COVID-19 shots 27 February 2021, 1:36 AM

The Unites States urged vaccine-sceptical Tanzania on Friday to review evidence on the drugs, saying they work and are one of the tools to fight off the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: WHO update on COVID-19 26 February 2021, 6:54 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 update with special guests: Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Representative in Nigeria.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 26 February 26 February 2021, 5:10 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 continue to rise.

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals 26 February 2021, 10:41 AM

Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.

‘It may be impossible to vaccinate all healthcare workers before potential third wave’ 26 February 2021, 10:37 AM

University of KwaZulu-Natal Health Professor, Mosa Moshabela, says the healthcare sector may experience challenges in vaccinating all healthcare workers before the potential third coronavirus wave emerges.

Teachers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from April: Mkhize 26 February 2021, 7:00 AM

Teachers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 from April this year. This was confirmed by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize during his briefing to the National Council of Provinces on government's vaccine acquisition and rollout strategy.

Health department encourages communities to get vaccinated 26 February 2021, 5:59 AM

Department of Health Deputy Director-General Anban Pillay has stressed the importance of getting vaccinated against the coronavirus both as individuals and communities to achieve protection and population immunity.

Oxford University says research not affected after expert flags COVID lab hack 26 February 2021, 1:49 AM

Oxford University said on Thursday it was investigating a digital intrusion after a researcher said he had seen evidence that a laboratory researching COVID-19 had been hacked.

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures 26 February 2021, 12:32 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks instead of ultra-cold conditions.

SA records 1 676 new coronavirus cases, 144 deaths 25 February 2021, 11:52 PM

The Health Department has reported 1 676 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number of total infections to 1 509 124.

Pfizer-BioNTech testing booster of their COVID-19 vaccine in new trial 25 February 2021, 5:04 PM

Pfizer and BioNTech say they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus.

‘Government on track to introduce draft coding, robotics curriculum’ 25 February 2021, 3:45 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is on track to finally introduce the draft coding and robotics curriculum in South African schools.

SIU confirms it’s investigating Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize 25 February 2021, 11:12 AM

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has confirmed that it is probing a complaint about the tender that was awarded to a communications company in KwaZulu-Natal.

New coronavirus variant identified in New York: Researchers 25 February 2021, 4:21 AM

A new coronavirus variant that shares some similarities with a more transmissible and intractable variant discovered in South Africa is on the rise in New York City, researchers said on Wednesday.

Moderna is developing booster shot for new coronavirus variants, increases vaccine production target 25 February 2021, 12:31 AM

Moderna Inc said on Wednesday it is working with US government scientists to study an experimental booster shot that targets a concerning new variant of the coronavirus and has raised its global COVID-19 vaccine production goal for this year by 100 million doses.

SA records 1 862 new coronavirus cases, 110 deaths 24 February 2021, 11:08 PM

The Health Department has reported 1 862 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number of total infections to 1 507 448.

R10 billion allocated to fight COVID-19 in South Africa 24 February 2021, 8:40 PM

The government will roll out a free mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign for which money has been allocated in the medium term.

India warns of worsening COVID-19 situation, vaccinations to expand 24 February 2021, 6:03 PM

India announced an expansion of its COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday but warned that breaches of coronavirus protocols could worsen an infection surge in many states.

Australia’s antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff 24 February 2021, 3:09 PM

The architect of Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

David Attenborough tells UN that the world is perilously close to a ‘tipping point’ 24 February 2021, 1:04 AM

British National Historian Sir David Attenborough has told the United Nations Security Council that the world was perilously close to a tipping point, that will send global temperatures spiraling catastrophically higher.

SA records 998 new coronavirus cases, 263 deaths 23 February 2021, 11:34 PM

The Health Department has recorded 998 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of total infections to 1 505 586 in the last 24 hours.

Limpopo woman drowns after car swept off in flooded river 23 February 2021, 8:03 PM

Police say a 37-year-old woman has drowned after a car she was driving was allegedly swept away while attempting to cross a flooded bridge between Tshitavha and Vuwa, outside Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo.