CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

20 October 2021, 7:27 PM
South Africa has recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 917 255. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has also reported a further 50 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 88 674 to date.
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Pfizer, BioNTech seek US COVID-19 vaccine clearance for children 5 to 11 8 October 2021, 1:49 AM

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked US regulators to authorize emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a group for whom no shot is currently allowed, Pfizer said on Thursday.

Multi-million rand science and technology centre launched in Eastern Cape 7 October 2021, 3:57 PM

A multi-million rand centre to promote science, technology, and innovation has been launched in the Eastern Cape.

Combating COVID-19 anti-vaxxers: lessons from political philosophy 7 October 2021, 2:56 PM

Challenging the scepticism and resistance in the public response to the COVID-19 vaccine is deeply important to the state of public health. This is a critical conversation because people are protesting the COVID-19 vaccines not just in South Africa, but globally too.

Google rivals want EU lawmakers to act via new tech rules 7 October 2021, 1:34 PM

DuckDuckGo and three other search engine rivals to Google on Thursday urged EU lawmakers to take action against the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit via new tech rules, saying they have yet to see positive results from an antitrust ruling against Google.

Moderna plans African mRNA vaccine factory as pressure grows 7 October 2021, 12:45 PM

Moderna plans to invest about $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent.

Moderna plans mRNA vaccine factory in Africa 7 October 2021, 8:31 AM

Moderna plans to invest about $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, it said on Thursday.

At least 20 killed in earthquake in southern Pakistan 7 October 2021, 3:18 AM

At least 20 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an earthquake struck southern Pakistan, Disaster Management Authority Director General Naseer Nasir said on Thursday.

SA records 1 149 new coronavirus cases, 59 deaths 6 October 2021, 7:31 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 149 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 908 768.

Department of Health embarks on vaccination drive targeting undocumented people in Durban 6 October 2021, 4:40 PM

The Department of Health in collaboration with the Dennis Hurley Center has embarked on a vaccination drive of undocumented persons in Durban.

Over 40% of eligible people vaccinated in the Western Cape 6 October 2021, 12:03 PM

The Western Cape Health Department says more than 40% of the eligible population in the province has been vaccinated.

KZN records heavy overnight rains over parts of south coast 6 October 2021, 10:37 AM

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says that heavy overnight rains in KwaZulu-Natal have fallen largely over parts of the province's south coast.

SA will switch off analogue transmission next year March: Ntshavheni 6 October 2021, 10:28 AM

The Minister of Communications, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says the country will finally switch off analogue transmission and go digital in March next year.

SA has no choice but introduce vaccination certificate: Karim 6 October 2021, 9:18 AM

Former co-chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Professor Salim Abdool Karim says South African has no choice but to introduce the vaccination certificate because that is the direction in which  other regions of the world are headed.

Telegram founder says over 70 mln new users joined during Facebook outage 6 October 2021, 7:19 AM

Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during Monday's Facebook (FB.O) outage, its founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday, as people worldwide were left without key messaging services for nearly six hours.

UK regulator demands video platforms do more to protect users 6 October 2021, 2:33 AM

Online video sharing platforms (VSPs), such as TikTok, Snapchat and OnlyFans, need to provide clear rules on content, allow users to flag harmful videos, and restrict access to pornographic material, Britain's media regulator Ofcom said.

Quake hits northern Japan in early morning, no tsunami 6 October 2021, 1:33 AM

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Aomori and Iwate prefecture in northern Japan early on Wednesday morning but did not cause a tsunami, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

Maintenance error caused Facebook’s 6-hour outage, company says 6 October 2021, 1:10 AM

An error during routine maintenance on Facebook's network of data centers caused Monday's collapse of its global system for more than six hours, leading to a torrent of problems that delayed the repairs, the company said on Tuesday.

SA’s COVID-19 digital vaccine certificate goes live 5 October 2021, 6:47 PM

South Africa's COVID-19 digital vaccine certificate, which features a scannable QR code, went live today, despite no official launch by the National Department of Health.

Facebook whistleblower expected to slam former employer before US Congress 5 October 2021, 2:05 PM

Facebook whistleblower Frances Hogen will appear before the US Congress on Tuesday, where she is expected to slam her former employer as “one of the most urgent threats” facing the country and demand transparency about its operation to better regulate it.

Breast cancer accounts for more than a quarter of new cancer cases in SA 5 October 2021, 12:34 PM

Breast cancer accounted for more than a quarter of new cancer cases among South African women in 2020.

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness drops after 6 months: study 5 October 2021, 12:08 PM

The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc /BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to data published on Monday that US health agencies considered when deciding on the need for booster shots.

Facebook blames “faulty configuration change” for nearly six-hour outage 5 October 2021, 7:05 AM

Facebook Inc has blamed a "faulty configuration change" for a nearly six-hour outage on Monday that prevented the company's 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Former FDA chief Gottlieb expects Delta to be last big pandemic wave in US 5 October 2021, 4:07 AM

The summer spike in cases fuelled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus is likely the last big COVID-19 wave in the United States, but the pandemic is far from over globally, former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Monday.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp reconnecting after nearly six-hour outage 5 October 2021, 3:43 AM

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp lit up again late on Monday afternoon Eastern time after a nearly six-hour outage that prevented the company's 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services.

Australia to buy 300 000 doses of Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill 5 October 2021, 3:25 AM

Australia will buy 300 000 doses of Merck & Co's experimental antiviral pill, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as the country looks to boost its vaccine arsenal to fight COVID-19 and aims to reopen its borders next month.

Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect after nearly six-hour outage 5 October 2021, 12:16 AM

Facebook and Instagram appeared to be partially reconnected to the global internet on Monday afternoon, nearly six hours into a global outage.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by global outage 4 October 2021, 11:48 PM

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as hours later it scrambled to restore the services after being hit by one of its longest outages.

Latest Facebook outage could see more users leaving : Goldstuck 4 October 2021, 9:42 PM

The massive global Facebook social media outage is likely to see the company lose a number of users according to technology expert Arthur Goldstuck.

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook connectivity down globally 4 October 2021, 7:12 PM

Social networks, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major global outage.

More than 350 000 people vaccinated as part of Vooma Campaign 4 October 2021, 3:41 PM

The Presidency says more than 350 000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the new Vooma Vaccination Campaign at the weekend - including Friday.