Coronavirus watch

17 March 2020 - 11:05
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SA records more than 10,500 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

SA recorded more than 10,510 new Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for ...

By TimesLIVE

Stay at home: Western Cape government asks residents to avoid braais and ...

The Western Cape health department said its surveillance teams had picked up that many cluster outbreaks were a result ...

Covid-19 cases in Gauteng schools continue to rise

There are now 4,700 Covid-19 cases in Gauteng schools, said provincial education department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Political leaders are contributing to the increase in Covid-19 infections, ...

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says when people take part in mass gatherings, they compromise their ...

SANDF medics deployed as Covid-19 surges in Gauteng

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that the SANDF military health service was being ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

‘Bara turned my uncle away for chemo, he died’

This was the chilling story Ugi Moodley, 46, told Sowetan shortly after her uncle Danny Naidoo, 68, died at his ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

Gauteng hospitals scramble to prepare for influx of Covid-19 patients

Public hospitals in Gauteng are half-full with Covid-19 patients as infections surge  across the country and admissions ...

Isaac Mahlangu
Senior reporter

'All provinces are in trouble,' health department tells parliament

The health department on Thursday painted a bleak picture of what the country’s third wave looks like, with hospital ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Fear, fake news, registration process affecting vaccination of elderly: ...

Fear driven by fake news, as well as poor accessibility to the government's online registration portal, are some of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Covid-19 third wave causing 'panic and misery' at Gauteng schools: Lesufi

'The third wave is causing immeasurable panic and misery in our schools,' Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on ...

Covid-19 cases surge in Africa, fewer than 0.8% fully vaccinated, say ...

'Africa is in the midst of a full-blown third wave ... We’ve seen in India and elsewhere how quickly Covid-19 can ...

By Reuters

Walmer, Summerstrand, Kariega are Nelson Mandela Bay’s Covid-19 hotspots

Nelson Mandela Bay has recorded 347 new Covid-19 cases, with Walmer, Kariega and Summerstrand identified as hotspots in ...

By Staff Reporter

Gauteng health department allocated R56bn to provide 'quality health care'

Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi made the announcement while delivering the department’s budget vote on Thursday.

Nurses 'overwhelmed, at risk of burnout' as cases soar above 13,000

'The private sector is already almost at full capacity and the public sector is already not coping. Where are the ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Rise in child Covid-19 infections 'a reflection of what is happening in ...

Prof Haroon Saloojee, of Wits University's paediatrics and child health department, said in both previous waves, ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Western Cape officially enters third wave with 9,300 active Covid-19 cases

The province has officially entered the third wave of Covid-19, says the head of health Dr Keith Cloete.

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Schools must remain open - unions

Teacher unions insist that schools should remain open despite the increasing number of Covid infections in recent weeks.

Lindile Sifile
Journalist

Former Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza has died

Former Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza died on Wednesday, apparently as a result of Covid-19 complications.

By TimesLIVE

SA records more than 13,200 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

SA recorded more than 13,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

EFF won’t comply with level 3 laws even if it means jail time, says Malema ...

As the country commemorated Youth Day on Wednesday, EFF leader Julius Malema launched a scathing attack on government, ...

Booze sales restricted, curfew tightened and size of gatherings reduced

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday moved the country to lockdown level 3 amid a surge of Covid-19 cases, particularly ...

By Amanda Khoza and TimesLIVE

It's time to go back to basics - Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa said South Africans need to remind themselves how the virus is spread “so that each one of us makes sure that ...

By Sipokazi Fokazi

SA records 157 new Covid-19 deaths and 8,400 new cases

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), there were 157 in-hospital deaths recorded in the ...

By TimesLIVE

‘Please consider the implications of letting your child attend gatherings’

'The higher the rate of infection, the higher the chance of tighter restrictions,' Western Cape education MEC Debbie ...

By TimesLIVE

President Ramaphosa to address the nation on Tuesday night

The address comes amid calls for tighter restrictions and lockdown measures in a bid to curb the spread of the ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

LOCKDOWN - ONE YEAR ON

Lockdown | One year on

Saturday marks exactly a year since President Cyril Ramaphosa effected the Covid-19-enforced national lockdown; and ...

By Mpho Koka, Lindile Sifile and Yolisa Sobuwa

Economy bleeds, unemployment at all-time high

Saturday marks exactly a year since President Cyril Ramaphosa effected the Covid-19-enforced national lockdown; and ...

Lindile Sifile
Journalist

Lockdown forced small businesses to change tact

The restrictions brought upon by the lockdown regulations forced many small business owners to rethink their business ...

Pandemic sent pastor down financial hellhole

When the President extended the country’s first hard lockdown, a pastor had to rely on handouts and reprieve on his ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

Couple gets new lease on life with baking business

A cook-off challenge between friends to get rid of the lockdown boredom has given a Joburg couple a new lease on life ...

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

Bus company owner fears the worst over expected third wave

Sonja Le Roux, a bus company owner, is worried that the anticipated third wave of the Covid-19 that is expected in ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

Dad's retrenchment forces pupil to stop boarding

Life has not been the same for a 35-year-old man who was retrenched during lockdown and could no longer afford to pay ...

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

WE FIGHT ON | A year since first Covid-19 infection in SA was confirmed

WE FIGHT ON | A year since first Covid-19 infection in SA was confirmed

On March 5, 2020 health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the country had its first confirmed case, a man who was ...

A year on since first case of Covid-19 in SA

"A 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back ...

Isaac Mahlangu
Senior reporter

Doctors accused of bringing virus from China recall stigma and threats

Just a month after they were released from a quarantine site in Limpopo, twins Mvuzo and Mvuyisi Nkcosolwana-Vili were ...

Yoliswa Sobuwa
Journalist

Families of Covid-19 victims speak of their anguish

As SA reached a grim milestone of recording more than 50,000 Covid-19 deaths this week, relatives of some of the people ...

Mpho Koka
Journalist

I almost lost my job over quarantine site – health MEC

Limpopo health MEC Ramathuba says the decision to allow repatriated South Africans from Wuhan to be quarantined at the ...

Hero SAA pilot happy to be flying again after nine months

Two months after flying an SAA flight on a historic mission to repatriate South Africans from a Chinese city that was ...

How Prof Karim went from doubter to virus fighter

In an interview with Sowetan this week ahead of the commemoration of the anniversary of the first case of Covid-19 ...

Lindile Sifile
Journalist

Gauteng had to obtain court orders for Covid-19 patients

The Gauteng government had its hands full and in some cases needed the help of law enforcement agencies including ...

Isaac Mahlangu
Senior reporter