66 people test positive for COVID-19 at St Augustine Hospital

7 April 2020, 9:01 PM
66 people have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at St Augustine Hospital in Durban. According to a twitter post by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, 48 of them are staff.
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.

SA becomes the latest country to implement a lockdown 24 March 2020, 5:04 AM

South Africa has become the latest country to implement a lockdown amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Astronauts quarantined ahead of journey to International Space Station 24 March 2020, 2:58 AM

Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut were spending their final weeks on Earth in quarantine before they are scheduled to blast off on April 9 for the International Space Station for six months as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps Earth.

Alcohol industry to donate alcohol for production of sanitisers 23 March 2020, 6:21 PM

The alcohol industry in South Africa will donate 40 000 litres of alcohol for the production of sanitisers.

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases rise to 402 23 March 2020, 2:26 PM

The Health Ministry has announced a big jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa and now has 402 cases. This is a jump of 128 over Sunday.

South African coronavirus cases rise to 274 22 March 2020, 8:36 PM

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 247.

Public warned against traditional healers that claim to cure COVID-19 22 March 2020, 8:27 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Healers Council has warned against traditional healers that claim to be able to cure coronavirus.

Diko cautions South Africans over a COVID-19 total lockdown ‘fake news’ 21 March 2020, 8:42 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko says there is no truth in rumours going around that government will announce a total lockdown on Saturday night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

KZN private hospitals avail wards and beds amid coronavirus 21 March 2020, 8:02 PM

Private hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal have agreed to avail their wards and beds - free of charge to treat and manage patients in the event of a large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the province.

EC Premier calls for calm as the province records its first coronavirus case 21 March 2020, 7:01 PM

Eastern Cape premier Lubabalo Mabuyane has called for calm after the first case of the coronavirus in the province was confirmed.

UCT confirms third case of COVID-19 21 March 2020, 4:19 PM

The University of Cape Town has confirmed that a third staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus deals blow to NASA’s 2024 return-to-moon plan 21 March 2020, 8:37 AM

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has dealt a blow to NASA’s plan to return Americans to the moon by 2024, as the space agency chief on Thursday ordered the temporary closure of two rocket production facilities after an employee tested positive for the illness.

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WHO recommends exercise to combat effects of COVID-19 20 March 2020, 8:21 PM

The World Health Organisation has recommended exercise to combat the effects of COVID-19.

Fins of prehistoric fish reveal origins of the human hand 20 March 2020, 4:01 PM

Inside the stout fins of a fish that prowled the shallow waters of an estuary in what is now eastern Canada about 380 million years ago, scientists have found what they call the evolutionary origins of the human hand.

SA’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 202 20 March 2020, 11:50 AM

The Free State has registered seven cases of COVID-19 for the first time. Five of those infected had travelled to the US, France and Israel recently. The Eastern Cape, Free State and the Norther Cape are the only provinces in the country that are yet to confirm cases.

More coronavirus test kits are needed: Mkhize 20 March 2020, 7:00 AM

The number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa is currently at 150 and the Health Minister says it could reach the 200 mark on Friday. Mkhize says at least 60-70% of South Africans will be affected by the virus that has the world on tenterhooks and has claimed more than 10 000 lives.

Potential coronavirus treatment touted by Trump already in shortage -Pharmacists 20 March 2020, 12:24 AM

An old malaria treatment that has been tried with some success against the new coronavirus and was touted by US President Donald Trump at a news briefing earlier on Thursday is in short supply as demand surges amid the fast-spreading outbreak.

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There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus: Zweli Mkhize 19 March 2020, 9:03 PM

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, says there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus. This comes as the US gives the go-ahead to test a malaria drug called Chloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus.

Hand hygiene most important preventative measure: NICD 19 March 2020, 8:42 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says hand hygiene is the single most important preventive measure in the current outbreak of the COVID-19. 

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NMU produces its own hand sanitiser 19 March 2020, 8:39 PM

The Nelson Mandela University has turned to its own experts and facilities to produce hand sanitiser, which is in short supply in Port Elizabeth.

SA among countries committed to COVID-19 vaccine trials: WHO 19 March 2020, 9:07 AM

South Africa is among a group of countries that have committed to being part of a series of smaller vaccine trials testing different methods and treatments to combat COVID-19.

Gauteng may not be able to deal with coronavirus screening: Makhura 19 March 2020, 5:41 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says public health facilities may not be able to deal with the increased number of people who want to be screened for the coronavirus. He says there is unnecessary panic and anxiety in communities, which forces them to rush to clinics and hospitals to test for the disease. Makhura was briefing […]

Twitter bans misleading coronavirus information 19 March 2020, 4:05 AM

Twitter on Wednesday barred users from posting misleading information about the new coronavirus, including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments, tightening its normally lax rules around speech.

HIV drug combo fails as treatment for severe COVID-19 in China: Study 19 March 2020, 3:16 AM

A pill containing two HIV drugs that was touted as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus was not effective, according to a study released late on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

WHO calls for ramping up of medical supplies to fight coronavirus 18 March 2020, 9:02 PM

The World Health Organisation called on Wednesday for "order and discipline" in the market for health equipment needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and said it was in discussions with China and others to ramp up supplies.

[Update] Ekurhuleni sets up operation centre to monitor coronavirus 18 March 2020, 1:27 PM

City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mzwandile Masina says they've resolved to use their Emergency Fund to procure vaccines from Cuba and elsewhere in the world as part of the City's immediate contribution to curbing the coronavirus.

Psychology behind panic buying 18 March 2020, 12:43 PM

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement, that schools would closed from today and some borders would be shutdown, hundreds of people rushed to the stores near them to buy food and essentials in bulk.

SA’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 116 18 March 2020, 10:02 AM

South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of coronavirus. There has been an increase of 31 new cases, with 6 more cases of local transmission.