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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US administers 368 9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines 30 August 2021, 3:39 AM

The United States (US) has administered 368 863 734 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 440 028 085 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

SA records 7 740 new COVID-19 cases, 134 new deaths 29 August 2021, 9:10 PM

A total of 45 534 COVID-19 tests were conducted and  7 740 new cases were reported in the last 24- hour cycle in South Africa.

COVID-19 vaccine benefits outweigh risks: Expert 29 August 2021, 10:59 AM

National Immunisation Safety Expert Hannelie Meyer says despite reports that the effectiveness of some COVID-19 vaccines could decline over time, it remains important for people to get a level of immunity against the coronavirus.

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Modi hails India’s 10 million COVID vaccine doses in a single day 29 August 2021, 4:30 AM

India administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, a national record that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed as a "momentous feat" for the country ahead of fears of another surge in infections.

R612 connecting Bulwer via Donnybrook closed due to snowfall in KZN 28 August 2021, 7:01 PM

The Department of Transport in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is calling on drivers to postpone their trips if they are not urgent amid severe weather conditions, including snowfall, in parts of the province.

Toyota halts self-driving vehicles after Paralympics collision 28 August 2021, 4:00 PM

Toyota has suspended use of all of its self-driving e-Palette transportation pods at the Tokyo Paralympic Games village.

Snow, extreme cold weather gripping Western Cape 28 August 2021, 1:24 PM

Snow has fallen on Table Mountain, with extremely cold weather being experienced over most parts of the Western Cape.

Western Cape Health Department exceeds vaccine targets 28 August 2021, 12:50 PM

The Western Cape Department of Health says it is exceeding its weekly target of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Limpopo Health working towards access to COVID-19 vaccines in rural areas: Ramathuba 28 August 2021, 10:50 AM

Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says her department is working to ensure that all people in rural areas have access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Delta variant poses twice the risk of hospitalisation – Study 28 August 2021, 1:40 AM

People who get the Delta variant of the coronavirus are twice as likely to be hospitalised as those who were infected by the Alpha variant which was first detected in England last year, a study showed on Friday.

‘Govt to engage concerned groups on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy’ 27 August 2021, 1:15 PM

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says the government will continue to engage with all concerned groups regarding the possible introduction of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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Drop in temperature expected in KZN 27 August 2021, 12:00 PM

The South African Weather Services says a drop in temperature is expected in KwaZulu-Natal from this afternoon as snow is expected in the Drakensberg.

Health Minister confident govt will secure enough vaccines for SA’s population 27 August 2021, 11:25 AM

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has expressed confidence in government's ability to continue securing and delivering enough COVID-19 vaccines to the population.

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Fourth wave still predicted for November: Minister 27 August 2021, 8:18 AM

New Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says South Africa's 4th wave of the coronavirus is still predicted to hit the country in November.

Weather Service warns of severe cold front, snow in the Western Cape 27 August 2021, 8:01 AM

The South African Weather Service says disruptive snowfall of up to ten centimetres can be expected in high lying areas of the Western Cape on Friday.

LIVE | Health Ministry media briefing on efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic 27 August 2021, 7:35 AM

Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla together with the Deputy Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and a panel of experts, convene a media briefing on government efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and  the vaccine rollout programme.

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Death toll rises to at least 20 in western Venezuela floods 27 August 2021, 5:58 AM

At least 20 people have died in the western Venezuelan state of Merida following intense rains that caused mudslides and rivers to overflow.

US coronavirus hospitalisations hit eight-month high over 100 000 27 August 2021, 5:05 AM

The number of coronavirus patients in US hospitals breached 100 000 on Thursday, the highest level in eight months, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, as a resurgence of COVID-19 spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant strains the nation's health care system.

Contaminant in Moderna vaccines suspected to be metallic particles – NHK 27 August 2021, 4:12 AM

A contaminant found in a batch of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Japan is believed to be a metallic particle, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing sources at the Health Ministry.

Aspen aims to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine 26 August 2021, 7:12 PM

Pharmaceutical company, Aspen, says its ultimate goal is to secure a licence to produce its own vaccine. Aspen says this will ensure control of the production and distribution of the vaccine, especially to African countries, which are in dire need.

Western Cape Health Minister pleas to members of the public to get vaccinated 26 August 2021, 2:35 PM

Western Cape Health Minister Doctor Nomafrench Mbombo has made an impassioned plea to members of the public to get vaccinated and not to allow fake messages to persuade them to take a stand against vaccinations.

Vaccine hesitancy stems from lack of information: Psychologist 26 August 2021, 1:10 PM

Psychologists say vaccine hesitancy stems from several factors including a lack of information.

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Severe storm expected in the Western Cape 26 August 2021, 5:41 AM

A severe storm is expected to make landfall in the Western Cape on Thursday.

Fossil of previously unknown four-legged whale found in Egypt 26 August 2021, 1:45 AM

Scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered the 43 million-year-old fossil of a previously unknown amphibious four-legged whale species in Egypt that helps trace the transition of whales from land to sea.

China criticises US ‘scapegoating’ over COVID origin report 26 August 2021, 12:33 AM

China on Wednesday criticised the US "politicisation" of efforts to trace the origin of the coronavirus, demanding without any evidence that American labs be investigated, ahead of the release of a US intelligence report on the virus.

Pfizer seeks US approval for COVID vaccine booster 25 August 2021, 11:57 PM

Pfizer Inc on Wednesday said a booster dose of its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine spurs a more than threefold increase in antibodies against the coronavirus, as the company seeks US regulatory approval for a third injection.

SA records 13 251 new cases, 516 related fatalities 25 August 2021, 9:35 PM

South Africa has recorded 13 251 new COVID-19 cases. A total of 66,244 tests were conducted. 516 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 80,469 deaths.

Vaccine hesitancy one of the global health threats: WHO 25 August 2021, 8:10 PM

Psychologists say vaccine hesitancy stems from several factors including a lack of information as well as group thinking influence. The World Health Organization says vaccine hesitancy is one of the global health threats.

SA experiencing a stable supply of COVID-19 vaccines: Phaahla 25 August 2021, 2:06 PM

The Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, says the country is experiencing its most stable supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

More than 47 000 mine workers contracted COVID-19 since outbreak: Minerals Council 25 August 2021, 12:53 PM

More than 47 000 mine workers contracted COVID-19 since its outbreak in South Africa, with more than 650 deaths recorded to date.