CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

3 December 2020, 5:25 AM
The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.
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Psychologists advise those going through retrenchments to allow themselves to grieve 21 November 2020, 7:54 AM

Psychologists have advised people going through retrenchments that they should allow themselves time to grieve the loss of their employment and income.

AstraZeneca starts new COVID-19 prevention trials of antibody cocktail 21 November 2020, 2:53 AM

AstraZeneca started late-stage trials on Saturday of an experimental long-acting monoclonal antibody combination drug it hopes could be used as a so-called prophylactic to prevent COVID-19 infection in at-risk people for up to 12 months.

Pfizer files COVID-19 vaccine application to US FDA 20 November 2020, 11:21 PM

Pfizer Inc applied to US health regulators on Friday for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, the first such application in a major step toward providing protection against the new coronavirus.

Pfizer to submit US emergency use application for COVID-19 vaccine 20 November 2020, 3:32 PM

Pfizer Inc said it will apply to United States (U.S.) health regulators on Friday for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, the first such application in a major step toward providing protection against the new coronavirus.

VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 20 November 20 November 2020, 3:00 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.

Biovac begins local manufacturing of paediatric vaccine 20 November 2020, 12:49 PM

Cape Town-based biotech company Biovac has begun local manufacturing of a six-in-one paediatric vaccine.

WHO advises against Gilead’s remdesivir for all hospitalised COVID-19 patients 20 November 2020, 2:47 AM

Gilead’s drug remdesivir is not recommended for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence it improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation, a World Health Organisation panel said on Friday.

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states 20 November 2020, 12:00 AM

A new wave of mobile apps that help track exposure to the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the holidays as public health officials bet that recently introduced features from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google will significantly boost adoption and impact.

SA records 2 514 new coronavirus cases, 115 deaths reported on Thursday 19 November 2020, 10:32 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 514 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 759 658.

Heatwaves in Britain cause record excess deaths 19 November 2020, 8:53 PM

Heatwaves caused a record 2 556 excess deaths in Britain this summer as the country was struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government estimate published on Thursday.

Access to medicine critical for mentally-ill patients: Dr Frans Korb 19 November 2020, 12:07 PM

Psychiatrist for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group - Doctor Frans Korb - says adherence and access to medicine are critical to the long-term health of mentally-ill patients.

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be authorised for use within weeks – US official 19 November 2020, 12:21 AM

COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc could be ready for US authorisation and distribution within weeks, setting the stage for inoculation to begin as soon as this year, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Wednesday.

Pfizer offers Brazil deal for millions of vaccine doses 18 November 2020, 11:34 PM

Pfizer Inc said on Wednesday it had offered to provide Brazil with millions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, amid evidence the coronavirus is spreading more rapidly in South America’s largest country.

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SA reports drop in new HIV infections for the past decade 18 November 2020, 7:01 PM

There's been a 57% reduction in the number of new HIV infections in South Africa in the past decade. There's also been a significant drop in the number of people who have succumbed to the epidemic.

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SA Weather Services issues thunderstorm notice for KZN 18 November 2020, 4:55 PM

The South African Weather Services says severe thunderstorms are expected over KwaZulu-Natal this afternoon.

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.

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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.