Virologist calls for extra deployment of health workers in Gauteng

21 June 2021, 9:00 AM
More than 5 000 people are currently being treated in the province's hospitals, which is putting high pressure on available resources.
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VIDEO: Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap: 28 May 28 May 2021, 4:12 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 continues to rise.

COVID-19
Massive vaccination for elderly pulls down hospitalisations and intensive care cases in Italy 28 May 2021, 2:51 PM

Italy has seen a sharp decline in the number of hospitalizations and intensive care cases owing to the massive vaccination campaign for the elderly across the country from April 6 to May 25, said a medical research institute on Thursday.

Concerns about the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections among children 28 May 2021, 12:00 PM

As coronavirus infections continue to rise across South Africa, there are concerns about the increasing rate of infections among children. This week, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases released the quarterly COVID-19 in Children Surveillance Report.

Healthcare workers commended for helping the elderly with vaccine registration 28 May 2021, 11:21 AM

Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini has commended healthcare workers for assisting with the registration of the elderly in areas where there are network problems.

SA records 4 424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 28 May 2021, 12:12 AM

South Africa has recorded 4 424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 649 977.

DA MP calls for a hybrid approach to speed up vaccine rollout 27 May 2021, 8:43 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants government to embark on a COVID-19 vaccination roll-out system that will allow for walk-ins at various sites for those who qualify.

Western Cape hopes to vaccinate 40 000 more people this week 27 May 2021, 4:37 PM

The Western Cape government says it estimates that the province will administer a further 40 000 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week.

COVID vaccine
Sanofi, GSK kick off Phase III trial for COVID-19 shot 27 May 2021, 10:19 AM

France's Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline launched a late-stage human trial for a recombinant COVID-19 vaccine candidate on Thursday which they hope to get approved by the end of 2021.

Hospitals
Prof. Abdool Karim calls on medical sector to prepare for potential COVID-19 3rd wave 27 May 2021, 6:25 AM

Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has called on the medical sector to prepare hospitals and healthcare workers for a potential third wave of the coronavirus.

German researchers tie cold viruses used to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to rare blood-clot risk 27 May 2021, 4:14 AM

German researchers on Wednesday said that based on laboratory research, they believed they have found the cause of the rare but serious blood-clotting events among some people who received COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

SA records 4 623 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 27 May 2021, 12:22 AM

South Africa has recorded 4 623 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 645 555.

Biden says US intelligence community divided on COVID-19 origin 26 May 2021, 9:50 PM

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the US intelligence community was divided on the origin in China of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including whether it came from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory accident.

KwaZulu-Natal leads in COVID-19 vaccination programme: Mkhize 26 May 2021, 8:28 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says KwaZulu-Natal is leading in the COVID-19 vaccination programme after recording the most number of people who have received their jabs.

EU drug regulator reviewing woman’s death in Belgium after getting J&J shot 26 May 2021, 7:17 PM

The European Union's drug regulator said on Wednesday it is reviewing the death of a woman in Belgium who suffered a blood clot and low platelets after receiving Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the first report of a fatality following the vaccine.

China to gift 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nepal 26 May 2021, 4:32 PM

China will provide 1 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal, its ambassador said on Wednesday, as authorities in the Himalayan country scramble to secure shots amid a surge in infections that has overwhelmed its rickety health system.

Mkhize denies any involvement in awarding irregular multi-million-rand contract 26 May 2021, 9:58 AM

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has denied any involvement in the awarding of an irregular multi-million-rand contract by his department. This after a Special Investigating Unit probe found that the Health Department's dealings with communications company, Digital Vibes, were irregular.

LIVE | Public Briefing on the Investigations into the Digital Vibes Contract with NDOH 26 May 2021, 7:48 AM

The Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, briefs the public on the ongoing investigations into the Digital Vibes Contract with the National Department of Health.

SA records 3 084 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 26 May 2021, 1:50 AM

South Africa has recorded 3 084 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 640 932.

Google says it’s working hard to curb misinformation and fake news 25 May 2021, 8:45 PM

Technology giant GOOGLE says it is working hard to curb misinformation and fake news on its platforms.

Gauteng launches COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru 25 May 2021, 4:28 PM

A vaccination drive-thru has been set up to fast-track the country's second phase vaccination roll-out. The Gauteng Provincial Government has increased the number of vaccination sites from 28 to 63 in the province's five regions.

EU expects more than a billion COVID shots by end of September, document shows 25 May 2021, 12:56 PM

The European Union expects to have received more than a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of September from four drugmakers, a document presented to EU leaders on Tuesday shows.

SA records 2 383 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle 24 May 2021, 10:46 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 383 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 637 848.

Dam
Recent rainfalls fill up Western Cape dams 24 May 2021, 6:13 PM

The water levels of dams supplying Cape Town have spiked to 74 % following steady rains over the past week. Western Cape Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell, says dams were at 52% this time last year.

Ramaphosa calls on countries to urgently increase vaccine production in fight against COVID-19 24 May 2021, 3:08 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all world leaders to continue to support an initiative to ensure the availability of appropriate tools for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, reach all parts of the globe.

Singapore provisionally approves 60-second COVID-19 breathalyser test 24 May 2021, 12:30 PM

Singapore authorities have provisionally approved a COVID-19 breathalyser test that aims to show whether someone is infected with the coronavirus in under a minute, according to the local startup that developed the product.

Vaccine rollout crucial for control of future COVID-19 waves: Prof Ahluwalia 23 May 2021, 9:31 PM

Health systems specialist Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia says the government's rollout of vaccines will be crucial to controlling any future waves of COVID-19.

Eastern Cape won’t handle Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout: Study 23 May 2021, 2:07 PM

A study has found that the Eastern Cape does not have sufficient capacity to successfully handle Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.

COPE warns of ‘potential COVID-19 disaster’ in the Northern Cape 23 May 2021, 11:27 AM

The Congress of the People is calling for the urgent intervention of Minister Zweli Mkhize and government to prevent what it calls a potential COVID-19 disaster in the Northern Cape.

US CDC investigating heart problem in few young vaccine recipients: NYT 23 May 2021, 4:19 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced heart problems, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing the agency's vaccine safety group.

Apple CEO Tim Cook takes stand in antitrust trial 23 May 2021, 2:58 AM

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the witness stand Friday for more than two hours in defense of the way his company runs the popular App Store.