CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

24 November 2020, 6:30 AM
The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.
Pfizer ends COVID-19 trial with 95% efficacy 18 November 2020, 3:41 PM

Final results from Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine trial showed its shot had a 95% success rate and two months of safety data, paving the way for the drugmaker to apply for an emergency US authorization within days, it said on Wednesday.

KZN disaster management teams on high alert following heavy rains 18 November 2020, 12:31 PM

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal says it has placed disaster management teams on high alert in some parts of the province.

Victims of forced sterilisation say the Health Department is not taking them seriously 18 November 2020, 6:35 AM

Victims of forced sterilisation from allegedly 15 public health facilities in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng are taking the Department of Health to court.

Brazil to receive first doses of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine – Butantan Institute 18 November 2020, 1:50 AM

Brazil’s Butantan Institute biomedical center will receive the first doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 this week, institute director Dimas Covas said on Tuesday.

SA records 1 987 new COVID-19 cases, 119 deaths reported on Tuesday 17 November 2020, 10:52 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 987 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 754 256. The country has also recorded 119 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Tuesday.

Great White Sharks have not completely disappeared from South African waters 17 November 2020, 8:15 PM

Scientists have found that Great White Sharks have not completely disappeared from South Africa's waters, but have migrated from False Bay and Gansbaai to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify Tuesday to Senate panel 17 November 2020, 4:06 PM

The chief executives of Facebook and Twitter are set to testify before a congressional hearing on Tuesday that will explore their content moderation practices as Republicans accuse social media companies of censoring conservative speech.

Russia says coronavirus mutations appearing in Siberia as deaths hit record daily high 17 November 2020, 12:35 PM

Mutations in the coronavirus are appearing in Siberia, the head of Russia's consumer health watchdog said on Tuesday, as the country reported a record daily high of 442 deaths from COVID-19.

Brucella Bacteria could affect red meat production 17 November 2020, 11:06 AM

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (KZNDARD) Dr Themba Sikhakhane says the outbreak of Brucella Bacteria in the northern part of the province has the potential to affect red meat production.

VIDEO: Dr Zweli Mkhize visits the Eastern Cape 17 November 2020, 8:30 AM

Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize visits the Eastern Cape as COVID-19 infections surge.

Mkhize visits Port Elizabeth to address the rapid increase of COVID-19 infections 17 November 2020, 8:29 AM

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is expected in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday to address the rapid increase of COVID-19 infections in the province.

US Geological Survey confirms a tremor in Cape Town 17 November 2020, 7:10 AM

United States Geological Survey has confirmed a tremor at Saldanha Bay in Cape Town.

Pfizer to start COVID-19 immunisation pilot programme in four US states 17 November 2020, 5:08 AM

Pfizer Inc said on Monday it was starting a pilot program for COVID-19 immunisation in four US states to help refine the plan for the delivery and deployment of its vaccine candidate.

Breakthrough COVID vaccine tech could help defeat other diseases 17 November 2020, 3:30 AM

Breakthrough technology that transforms the body into a virus-zapping vaccine factory is poised to revolutionise the fight against COVID-19 but future pandemics and even cancer could be next, scientists say.

SA records 1 245 new COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths reported on Monday 16 November 2020, 11:24 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 245 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 752 269. The country has also recorded 73 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Monday.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine stability eases distribution challenges 16 November 2020, 2:45 PM

Moderna Inc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more stable than expected at temperatures that ordinary refrigerators can provide and can be distributed using existing cold-chain shipping and storage infrastructure.

Brucella Bacteria outbreak confirmed in KZN 16 November 2020, 9:29 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture has confirmed in a statement that there is an outbreak of Brucella Bacteria which causes spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) and infertility in livestock and people in the province.

Shanghai to start testing ‘high-risk’ cold storage food imports for coronavirus 16 November 2020, 3:15 AM

Shanghai city government said all imports of what it called “high-risk” imported cold-storage food will need to be tested for coronavirus and have packaging disinfected before being stored or sold in the city.

Mkhize says SA is not yet experiencing a second COVID-19 wave 15 November 2020, 9:38 PM

Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize says he cannot say that South Africa is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

VIDEO: Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s briefing on COVID-19 15 November 2020, 6:00 PM

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, will brief the media on the country's COVID-19 response and readiness to deal with a possible resurgence.

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Minister Creesy launches SANParks Week 15 November 2020, 12:34 PM

Environment and Forestry Minister, Barbara Creesy will launch SANPARKS Week at the West Coast National Park on Sunday.

Germans should brace for 4-5 months of severe COVID-19 measures: Minister 15 November 2020, 12:06 PM

Germans should brace for another 4-5 months of severe measures to halt the rise in coronavirus infections and should not expect the current rules to be eased quickly, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told weekly Bild am Sonntag.

Irish health chief concerned by unexpected rise in COVID-19 cases 15 November 2020, 4:47 AM

An unexpected 10% rise in the five-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in Ireland threatens to reverse a recent sharp drop in the incidence rate of the disease to the third-lowest level in Europe, the country’s chief medical officer said on Saturday.

Vaal Dam levels see slight increase 14 November 2020, 8:15 PM

Vaal Dam levels have seen a slight increase this week.

Early warning systems to detect extreme weather conditions unveiled in Durban 14 November 2020, 9:34 AM

The eThekwini Municipality has unveiled a new internet site to help provide early warnings on extreme weather conditions.

Biden aide says no US-wide COVID lockdown planned as West Coast states advise against travel 14 November 2020, 7:51 AM

President-elect Joe Biden's top coronavirus adviser said on Friday there were no plans for a wholesale nationwide lockdown to curb the surging COVID-19 pandemic.

US states race to buy ultra cold vaccine freezers, fueling supply worries 14 November 2020, 4:37 AM

U.S. states, cities, and hospitals are scrambling to buy ultra-cold freezers that can safely store Pfizer Inc's PFE.N COVID-19 vaccine, ignoring advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to hold off.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 13 November 13 November 2020, 3:26 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.

AstraZeneca’s cancer drug disappoints as potential COVID-19 treatment 13 November 2020, 7:42 AM

AstraZeneca's blood cancer treatment, Calquence, failed to improve survival rates and prevent lung failure in patients hospitalised with symptoms of COVID-19, the drugmaker said on Thursday, citing results from mid-stage trials.

Australian COVID-19 vaccine candidate produces antibody response in early tests 13 November 2020, 4:52 AM

Early testing of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by an Australian university and CSL Ltd has shown it to be safe and produce an antibody response, Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on Friday.