Mkhize warns of a possible spike in Western Cape cluster outbreaks during Level 3

29 May 2020, 7:33 PM
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that cluster outbreak infections could increase further in the Western Cape as the lockdown is eased.
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Mpumalanga province screens over a million 7 May 2020, 1:34 PM

Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini says they have screened more than one-million people so far.

Tygerberg hospital uses robots to monitor COVID-19 patients 7 May 2020, 8:42 AM

Specialists at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town, are using robots in their Intensive Care Units (ICU) in a bid to protect their healthcare workers from contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Professor Karim invites Madagascar to make herbal tonic available for scientists to investigate 6 May 2020, 10:11 PM

Chairperson of the Government Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says there is too little information to determine whether Madagascar has indeed discovered a cure for COVID-19.

Over 90 000 health workers infected with COVID-19 worldwide – nurses group 6 May 2020, 6:02 PM

At least 90,000 health-care workers worldwide are believed to have been infected with COVID-19, and possibly twice that, amid reports of continuing shortages of protective equipment, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said on Wednesday.

Sanofi to enroll thousands for its coronavirus vaccine trials 6 May 2020, 12:06 AM

French drug-maker Sanofi SA said it plans to enroll thousands of subjects globally for trials of an experimental vaccine for the coronavirus it is developing with GlaxoSmithKline Plc, and that it has started to discuss advanced purchases with several countries.

Sharp rise of COVID-19 cases inevitable: Prof. Abdool-Karim 5 May 2020, 9:35 PM

The opening of some sectors this week has fuelled fears of a sharp rise in coronavirus infections. However, the Chair of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee Professor Salim Abdool-Karim, says there is no need to panic.

COVID-19 Frontline Workers Part V: A neurosurgeon shares his story 5 May 2020, 2:00 PM

Tens of thousands of healthcare workers are on the frontline of the global war against COVID-19.

Green recovery can revive virus-hit economies and tackle climate change: Study 5 May 2020, 2:01 AM

Massive programmes of green public investment would be the most cost-effective way both to revive virus-hit economies and strike a decisive blow against climate change, top US and British economists said in a study published on Tuesday.

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Concerns in Northern Cape over COVID-19 testing 3 May 2020, 7:04 PM

There are growing concerns that a lot of people in the Northern Cape are walking around with the COVID-19 virus as not enough testing has been done to date.

‘More needs to be done to educate people about COVID-19 to avoid stigma’ 3 May 2020, 3:08 PM

A 28 year-old COVID-19 survivor from Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape says a lot still needs to be done to educate communities about the virus.

Swiss soldiers use pick up smartphones to fight COVID-19 3 May 2020, 1:10 PM

In the battle against coronavirus, Swiss soldiers are using smartphones to test a new contact tracing application that could prevent infections while also protecting users’ privacy.

Indonesia’s Tokopedia probes alleged data leak of 91-million users 3 May 2020, 7:32 AM

Tokopedia, Indonesia’s largest e-commerce platform, says it is investigating an attempted hack and claims that the details of millions of its users have been leaked online.

US hospitals promise new safety measures to ease patient fears after coronavirus crush 3 May 2020, 4:11 AM

United States (U.S) hospitals, many past the peak coronavirus crush, are relying on plexiglass dividers, advance testing of patients and limited elevator traffic to convince people, especially those needing urgent care, that the facilities are safe.

VIDEO: Global COVID-19 Wrap 2 May 2 May 2020, 10:41 PM

SABC News takes a look at top stories pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the country, continent and the world.

Moderna, Switzerland’s Lonza strike deal on potential COVID-19 vaccine 2 May 2020, 6:00 PM

Moderna Inc and Swiss contract drugmaker Lonza Group AG said on Friday they would accelerate the manufacturing of the United States drug developer’s potential coronavirus vaccine.

Wits University looking for participants in test kit study 2 May 2020, 12:59 PM

The University of Witwatersrand is looking for participants for its coronavirus rapid test study in order to determine the accuracy of the test kits with the aim that government can use it at for their screening and testing programme.

Public urged not to wear gloves, but rather sanitise hands 2 May 2020, 12:10 PM

As the country continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus, South Africans are urged not to wear gloves, but rather sanitise their hands regularly.

COVID-19
Coronavirus trial drug Remdesivir’s maker hopes for swift FDA approval 1 May 2020, 5:36 PM

The chief executive of Gilead Sciences Inc, maker of the experimental coronavirus drug Remdesivir, said on Friday he expected the Food and Drug Administration to act quickly over the company's application for approval.

Robots on hand to greet Japanese coronavirus patients in hotels 1 May 2020, 11:38 AM

Coronavirus patients with light symptoms arriving to stay at several Tokyo hotels are likely to get a lift from a pleasant surprise - a robot greeter in the lobby.

WHO says very concerned at community spread of coronavirus in West Africa 30 April 2020, 4:41 PM

The World Health Organization is worried by the community spread of the new coronavirus in a significant number of West African countries, the regional head of the organization said on Thursday.

WHO to convene meeting on COVID-19 re-evaluation 30 April 2020, 11:03 AM

The World Health Organisation will convene a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Thursday to re-evaluate the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the globe. 

Mpumalanga health worker tests positive for COVID-19 30 April 2020, 9:43 AM

A health worker has tested positive for COVID-19 at Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge Mpumalanga.

Health Department concerned about rapid increase in Western Cape COVID-19 cases 30 April 2020, 5:42 AM

The Health Department has raised concerns over the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in the Western Cape.

Clash of tech titans: Zuckerberg praises coronavirus lockdowns; Musk sees ‘fascism’ 30 April 2020, 4:33 AM

Silicon Valley billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg offered dueling views on lockdown measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with Facebook’s Zuckerberg endorsing the measures while Tesla’s Musk condemned them as anti-democratic.

Facebook sees ‘signs of stability’ in ad spending after coronavirus drop 30 April 2020, 2:53 AM

Facebook Inc beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue on Wednesday and said it has seen “signs of stability” for sales in April after a plunge in March, in yet another signal that tech giants may weather the coronavirus-induced economic collapse better than other sectors.

Top US health official expresses optimism over experimental drug to fight coronavirus   30 April 2020, 12:08 AM

The top infectious diseases public health official in the United States has expressed optimism over an experimental drug to fight the coronavirus.

Madagascar’s prehistoric ‘crazy beast’ sheds light on mammalian evolution 29 April 2020, 8:51 PM

A prehistoric opossum-sized critter dubbed the “crazy beast” that inhabited Madagascar at the end of the age of dinosaurs is providing scientists insight into early mammalian evolution even as they scratch their heads over its bewildering anatomy.

UK has Europe’s second-highest COVID-19 death toll, new figures show 29 April 2020, 8:43 PM

The United Kingdom now has Europe’s second-highest official death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures on Wednesday that cover fatalities in all settings, including in nursing homes.

UIF website crashes due to influx of visitors 29 April 2020, 6:44 PM

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) website is currently undergoing technical repair after crashing due to an influx of visitors wanting to process and check COVID-19 claims. 

COVID Tech Part I: Government, UCT partner for tracing app 29 April 2020, 9:43 AM

In this series titled, COVID Tech, SABC News’ Tshepiso Moche reports on coronavirus-related tech developments in South Africa and globally.  In the first edition, he looks at an app developed to help government trace those infected by COVID-19.