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.
COVID-19 Frontline Workers: Q&A with Dr Gabanakgosi 2 April 2020, 10:57 AM

With South Africa under lockdown aiming at slowing down the transmission of COVID-19, thousands of health workers are in the frontline. SABC News is profiling one such worker - Dr Gontse Gabanakgosi.

Professor Gita Ramjee
Tributes pour in for Prof Gita Ramjee 1 April 2020, 9:56 PM

Messages of condolence are pouring in for the world-renowned scientist, Professor Gita Ramjee. Professor Ramjee was the Chief Scientific Officer for HIV Prevention at the Aurum Institute.

Mkhize expresses concern over increase in local transmission 1 April 2020, 7:48 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has expressed concern over the increase in local transmission of the coronavirus. The number of cases in South Africa has increased by 27 to 1 380 - with Gauteng still registering the most cases at 645.

Environment the winner in COVID-19 global lockdown 1 April 2020, 3:09 PM

The global lockdown as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a remarkable impact on the environment.

Pet cat tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong 1 April 2020, 4:20 AM

A pet cat has tested positive for the coronavirus in Hong Kong after its owner was confirmed with having the virus, the city's Agricultural and Fisheries department said, cautioning that the animal has not shown any signs of the disease.

Diabetes, lung and heart disease common in US coronavirus patients – CDC 1 April 2020, 1:03 AM

Diabetes, heart disease and long-term lung problems are the most common underlying conditions among Americans hospitalized with the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than one in five people requiring intensive care had no such health issues, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

Alex Testing
Mass COVID-19 testing takes place in Alex 31 March 2020, 9:32 PM

Hundreds of residents of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg are being tested for the coronavirus.

Eastern Cape sets aside 2000 more beds at health facilities for coronavirus patients 31 March 2020, 4:01 PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department is working around the clock to contain the reported cases of coronavirus in the province.

Health experts warn SA of second wave of COVID-19 after lockdown 30 March 2020, 10:01 PM

Health experts have warned that South Africa will get a second wave of COVID-19 after the end of the current lockdown.

J&J, Moderna sign deals with US to produce possible coronavirus vaccines 30 March 2020, 9:45 PM

The US government has cut deals with Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Inc and said it is in talks with at least two other companies to expand manufacturing capacity within the United States for vaccines to prevent the new coronavirus even before safe and effective ones become available.

Gauteng Health Department to roll out mass flu vaccination campaign 30 March 2020, 2:15 AM

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says the provincial government will be rolling out a mass flu vaccination campaign targeted at the elderly and health workers.

Six Gauteng healthcare workers test positive for COVID-19 29 March 2020, 9:00 PM

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says six healthcare workers have tested positive for the coronavirus and are being monitored while in self-isolation.

HSRC launches online survey on COVID-19 29 March 2020, 1:24 PM

The HSRC has launched an online campaign to gather information around COVID-19 to be better prepared for the epidemic.

Government is concerned about the number of infected health workers 29 March 2020, 5:00 AM

Government says they have noted with concern a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases of health workers who work both in the private and public hospitals. This includes doctor and nurses.

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.

Rural doctors raise concerns over COVID-19 fears 28 March 2020, 12:45 PM

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) has expressed concern over hospitals in rural areas, not having enough equipment and resources to attend to the possibility of a high number of coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 in South Africa: 2020-03-27 28 March 2020, 10:56 AM

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the South African government declared a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020.

Apple’s factories are running, but suppliers wary about iPhone demand 28 March 2020, 2:08 AM

As China reopens its economy after months of lockdown, Apple Inc’s  iPhone factories are largely up and running. But with the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world, the urgent question for the company is how many buyers there will be both for current models and the new slate of phones expected in the fall.

More laboratories to perform COVID-19-related tests 27 March 2020, 3:46 PM

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHL) says they have six laboratories performing COVID-19-related tests across all nine provinces.

South Africa records first COVID-19 deaths 27 March 2020, 9:10 AM

South Africa has recorded its first deaths, weeks after the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the country. The fatalities occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public health facility.

Healthcare workers fear infecting families with coronavirus 27 March 2020, 7:30 AM

South African healthcare workers say their greatest fear is infecting their families with the coronavirus that has infected at least 927 people in the country so far.

US prepares crackdown on Huawei’s global chip supply – Sources 27 March 2020, 4:40 AM

Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus.

UK orders 10 000 ventilators from Dyson for coronavirus patients 26 March 2020, 1:15 AM

Britain has ordered 10 000 medical ventilators designed at breakneck speed by vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson, billionaire founder James Dyson said, as the country tries to boost the number of devices available to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus exposes Uber, Lyft drivers’ lack of safety net 25 March 2020, 7:36 PM

As independent contractors, US ride-hail drivers for Uber and Lyft benefited from soaring trip demand and flexible work hours.

Almost 2000 contacts being traced after new coronavirus cases in Free State 25 March 2020, 3:51 PM

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize says they are tracing almost 2000 contact cases after the department noted 15-new coronavirus cases in the Free State linked to a church in Mangaung.

Increase in Coronavirus cases concerning: Mkhize 25 March 2020, 11:14 AM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is concerned about the drastic increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the country.

Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine 25 March 2020, 1:00 AM

Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed more than 16 000 people worldwide.

South Africa’s coronavirus cases reach 554, country braces for lockdown 24 March 2020, 7:16 PM

South Africa’s confirmed number of coronavirus cases rose to 554 on Tuesday from 402 a day earlier, as businesses raced to make plans for a nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday.

Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa rise to 554 24 March 2020, 11:05 AM

The cases of coronavirus in South Africa has risen to 554 and no reported deaths.

Health Minister in W Cape to commemorate World TB Day 24 March 2020, 6:35 AM

Health Minister in the Western Cape, NomaFrench Mbombo will commemorate World TB Day on Tuesday by embarking on a coronavirus awareness campaign.