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.
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More than 3 000 health workers have received vaccines in Western Cape: Mbombo 23 February 2021, 3:05 PM

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says over 3 000 health workers have received the vaccine jab in the province so far.

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now 23 February 2021, 2:05 PM

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now...

South Africa records 792 new cases of COVID-19, 49 150 deaths 22 February 2021, 10:52 PM

The Department of Health says as of Monday the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 504 588 with 792 new cases identified since the last report.

SAMRC and Steve Biko Hospital did not anticipate such high turnout for vaccinations 22 February 2021, 4:23 PM

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Steve Biko Academic Hospital, in Pretoria, say they have taken lessons from the chaotic situation, on Sunday, regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Scientists to establish whether people vaccinated can still transmit COVID-19 22 February 2021, 12:34 PM

The Co-chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Professor Salim Abdool-Karim, says scientists are trying to establish whether people who have been vaccinated can still transmit the coronavirus.

Gauteng Health assures healthcare workers they will be vaccinated 22 February 2021, 5:59 AM

The Gauteng Department of Health says panic among healthcare workers that there might not be enough COVID-19 vaccines for all of them may have caused Sunday's chaos at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

Japan vaccine supplies to be limited, delaying shots for elderly: Minister 22 February 2021, 5:57 AM

Japan will only receive limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the first months of the rollout and shots for the elderly will be distributed gradually, the country's inoculation chief said.

Start of Ebola vaccinations in Guinea delayed by poor weather 22 February 2021, 2:15 AM

The start of a vaccination campaign against Ebola in southeastern Guinea has been delayed by a day after the vaccines did not arrive in the country on Sunday due to bad weather, health authorities said.

Doctors’ court application to have Ivermectin more accessible to be heard on Monday 21 February 2021, 8:22 PM

A group of about 50 doctors and medical practitioners have launched an urgent application to have the Ivermectin drug made more accessible to combat COVID-19. 

SA healthcare workers flock to vaccination sites, Health Ministry heartened 21 February 2021, 4:33 PM

The Department of Health says there is a surge in demand for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that South Africa has begun rolling out. The vaccination drive began on Wednesday, with phase one targeting healthcare workers.

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Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity 21 February 2021, 7:33 AM

Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday but not in Facebook advertisements, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news content from its platform in the country.

COVID-19 sickness dropped 95.8% after both Pfizer shots: Israeli Health Ministry 21 February 2021, 2:00 AM

The risk of illness from COVID-19 dropped 95.8% among people who received both shots of Pfizer’s vaccine, Israel’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.

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Health experts warn against dangers of unauthorised use of Ivermectin tablets 20 February 2021, 5:06 PM

Health experts continue to warn against the unauthorised use of Ivermectin tablets in the treatment of COVID-19.

Mars rover beams back selfie from moment before landing 20 February 2021, 2:40 PM

NASA scientists on Friday presented striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle dangling just above the surface of the Red Planet moments before touchdown.

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Health care workers enthusiastic about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: Denosa 20 February 2021, 8:48 AM

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) says there's growing enthusiasm among health care workers now that government has rolled out the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Facebook has ‘tentatively friended’ us again, Australia says 20 February 2021, 6:01 AM

Facebook Inc is back at the negotiating table, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday after the tech giant this week blocked news on its site in the country.

1 911 new coronavirus cases recorded in SA, 151 more related deaths 19 February 2021, 10:01 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 911 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number to 1 500 677. 

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 19 February 19 February 2021, 8:03 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.

Vaccine gap between rich and poor could narrow to 6 months: Gates 19 February 2021, 7:52 PM

The politically sensitive gap between vaccinating people in wealthy and developing countries could narrow to half a year, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said on Friday.

Mpumalanga launches first phase of Johnson & Johnson vaccine 19 February 2021, 6:12 PM

The Head of the Department of Health, in the province, was the first senior government official to be vaccinated.

Northern Cape farmers on high alert as swarms of locusts threaten food security 19 February 2021, 5:33 PM

Northern Cape farmers are on high alert as fears grow over the movement of swarms of locusts that are destroying crops around the province.

VIDEO | COVID-19 Vaccines In Numbers 19 February 2021, 1:23 PM

A look at the number of vaccines secured, the rollout plan and key numbers related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Undeterred by Facebook news blackout, Australia commits to content law 19 February 2021, 11:43 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Friday to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media.

Protesting community health workers close 19 clinics in Eastern Cape 19 February 2021, 9:38 AM

Health services at clinics in the Ndlambe Municipality in Makhanda and also parts of the Buffalo City Metro, in the Eastern Cape, have come to a standstill.

Eastern Cape nurses happy with vaccinations, says Denosa 19 February 2021, 8:39 AM

Nursing union, Denosa, in the Eastern Cape says its members are happy with the way the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered.

Australia to continue talks with Facebook’s Zuckerberg over media code 19 February 2021, 1:56 AM

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would continue his talks with Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday after the social media platform blocked its news feeds in the country over disputes over a new media payment code.

SA records 2 327 new coronavirus cases, 230 deaths 19 February 2021, 12:42 AM

The Health Department has recorded 2 327 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of total infections to 1 498 766 in the last 24 hours.

NASA’s astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing 18 February 2021, 11:25 PM

NASA's science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.

Elevated sulphur in the air most likely emanated from Sasol in Secunda: DEFF 18 February 2021, 9:07 PM

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries says preliminary determinations show the elevated levels of Sulphur dioxide and Hydrogen sulphide in the air, are most likely to have emanated from the Sasol operation in Secunda.

New study finds that Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against severe COVID-19 variant cases 18 February 2021, 8:09 PM

A new study shows that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is indeed able to protect against severe disease and death even regarding the variant of the virus first detected in South Africa.