CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

22 September 2021, 5:20 AM
2 197 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 886 331. A further 160 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 86 376  to date.
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SA records 9 199 new COVID-19 cases, 247 related fatalities 3 September 2021, 8:17 PM

South Africa has recorded 9 199 new COVID-19 infections, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 805 604 .

Over 670 000 people vaccinated in Free State 3 September 2021, 7:27 PM

Over 670 000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Free State. The provincial Department of Health says vaccination at its 109 sites has been ramped up

Those who refuse vaccination will delay SA’s ability to achieve herd immunity: Ramaphosa 3 September 2021, 2:56 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will delay the country's ability to achieve herd immunity and ultimately the return to full economic activity.

Blood stocks of two major blood types running low: Western Cape Blood Service 3 September 2021, 12:44 PM

The Western Cape Blood Service says stocks of two major blood types are running low.

UNICEF SA calls for more campaigns on COVID-19 vaccines aimed at youth 3 September 2021, 7:01 AM

UNICEF South Africa has called for more campaigns to encourage young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a report, UNICEF says 55% of young people have expressed their willingness to take the jabs.

US EPA responds to report of oil spill after Ida by activating special aircraft 3 September 2021, 5:30 AM

The US Environmental Protection Agency said a special aircraft carrying photographic and chemical detection equipment was dispatched from Texas to Louisiana to fly over an area hard hit by Hurricane Ida, including a Phillips 66 refinery along the Mississippi River where an apparent oil spill was reported.

US to begin shipping COVID-19 doses to Kenya and Ghana 3 September 2021, 1:26 AM

The United States will begin shipping more than 2 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to Kenya and Ghana on Thursday through the COVAX global distribution programme, a White House official said.

SA records 9 203 new COVID-19 cases, 82 914 related deaths 2 September 2021, 7:45 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has on Thursday reported 9 203 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 796 405.

SA sets target to reach herd immunity by December: David Mabuza 2 September 2021, 4:59 PM

South Africa has set itself an ambitious target of reaching head immunity of 40 million vaccinated people by the end of this year. This was announced by deputy president, David Mabuza while visiting Kagiso township west of Johannesburg.

Norway to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12 years and older 2 September 2021, 12:27 PM

Norway will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 12 to 15, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday.

COVID-19 | SAHPRA monitors C.1.2 variant 2 September 2021, 6:07 AM

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) Chair, Professor Helen Rees says the new COVID-19 variant, the C.1.2 variant, is being monitored to ensure that vaccines remain effective against it.

Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry investigating suspected case of mad cow disease 2 September 2021, 2:40 AM

Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday it was investigating a suspected case of mad cow disease in the country, according to a statement.

Ida’s devastation shocks as fuel shortages hinder recovery 2 September 2021, 1:38 AM

Storm damage from Ida astounded officials on Wednesday a full three days after the powerful hurricane pounded southern Louisiana, as reconnaissance flights revealed entire communities devastated by winds and floods.

At least one million people remain without power in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida 1 September 2021, 7:50 PM

At least one million people remain without power in the US State of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida that has also impacted petrol and water supplies in the region.

No evidence that any deaths can be attributed to COVID-19 vaccines: SAHPRA 1 September 2021, 2:48 PM

The CEO of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), Tumi Semete, says there is no evidence that any deaths can be attributed to COVID-19 vaccines.

Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against COVID, study shows 1 September 2021, 12:51 PM

Brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake inhibited coronavirus reproduction in monkey cells, a possible first step toward a drug to combat the virus causing COVID-19.

Thousands displaced as wildfire threatens California’s Lake Tahoe resort area 1 September 2021, 12:14 AM

Firefighters battled to protect homes on the fringe of tinder-dry forests near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday from a wildfire that has chased thousands of residents and tourists from the popular resort destination in California's Sierra Nevada range.

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SA records 7 086 new COVID-19 cases, 82 261 deaths 31 August 2021, 7:32 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has recorded 7 086 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 777 659.

Several labs testing efficacy of current COVID-19 vaccines against C.1.2 variant: NICD 31 August 2021, 12:51 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) remains confident that despite the various mutations of the coronavirus, vaccines currently being administered will mitigate against death and hospitalisation.

Japan’s health minister says Okinawa vaccine contaminants likely from needle stick 31 August 2021, 8:22 AM

Japan’s health minister said on Tuesday it was highly likely that foreign matter found in Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines in the southern prefecture of Okinawa were caused when needles were stuck into the vials. Some Moderna shots were temporarily halted in Okinawa on Sunday after foreign materials were discovered in vials and syringes. The health […]

US vaccine advisers unanimously favour Pfizer/BioNTech shot after approval 31 August 2021, 4:01 AM

An advisory panel to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday unanimously recommended the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, an important step that could help accelerate vaccine mandates in the United States.

Ida carves path of destruction across Louisiana, leaves low-lying towns stranded 31 August 2021, 2:21 AM

Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the US Gulf Coast, knocked out power to over 1 million homes in Louisiana on Monday and prompted rescue operations in flooded communities around New Orleans as the weakening storm churned northward.

South Africa detects new coronavirus variant, still studying its mutations 30 August 2021, 10:12 PM

South African scientists have detected a new coronavirus variant with multiple mutations but are yet to establish whether it is more contagious or able to overcome the immunity provided by vaccines or prior infection.

5 644 new COVID-19 cases identified in SA 30 August 2021, 8:21 PM

South Africa has reported 5 644 new COVID-19 cases which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 770 575.

UCT launches its coronavirus vaccination site 30 August 2021, 6:15 PM

The University of Cape (UCT) Town has launched its community of Hope Vaccination Site at the university's Forrest Hill Residence, in Mowbray.

Japan’s Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as 1 million more shots suspended 30 August 2021, 5:22 PM

 Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being temporarily suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots.

WHO Europe head urges countries with excess vaccines to share them with Africa and Eastern Europe 30 August 2021, 12:49 PM

Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe Hans Kluge urged European countries with excess vaccines to share them with other countries, particularly those in Eastern Europe and Africa.

KZN Legislature urges eligible citizens to get vaccinated 30 August 2021, 11:05 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature is appealing to South Africans aged 18 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Temperatures in KZN expected to start picking up after intense cold 30 August 2021, 10:46 AM

Temperatures in KwaZulu-Natal are expected to start picking up today after the intense cold front of the weekend that saw snow falling on the Drakensberg.

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Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocking out power in New Orleans 30 August 2021, 5:28 AM

Eyewitness video showed winds and rain from Hurricane Ida coming down on the premises in the Bywater neighbourhood on Sunday evening.