Coronavirus watch

17 March 2020 - 11:05

Health minister confirms two more deaths, SA's ...

Two patients in their 80s have died, bringing the death toll from Covid-19 to 11 in South Africa, health minister Zweli ...

By Staff Reporter

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Sanitising taxis doesn't make us feel safe, say drivers and passengers

The efficacy of taxi sanitisation was on Tuesday questioned by some passengers and drivers in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, ...

By Shonisani Tshikalange

Fight to buy newborn baby clothing during lockdown goes to ConCourt

Two organisations have launched an urgent application before the Constitutional Court in which they seek an order that ...


Nigerian actress convicted of flouting virus lockdown

A popular Nigerian actress was on Monday found guilty of breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions in economic hub ...


Nehawu takes government to court for failing to provide health workers ...

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says government is failing in its duties by not ...

By Penwell Dlamini

'Not listening to us is brutality,' says Bheki Cele on lockdown

Police minister Bheki Cele on Tuesday told police to instruct people not observing Covid-19 lockdown rules to go home, ...

By Naledi Shange

Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are ...


Initiative provides free, safe beds for health workers during pandemic

Two doctors who need safe accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic — offered at no cost by Ubuntu Beds to health-care ...

By Claire Keeton

Parys Hospital receives critical Covid-19 protective equipment donations

A Free State hospital has been given a much-needed boost with hundreds of sanitisers, surgical face masks and gloves ...

By Isaac Mahlangu

More than 3‚500 apply for government's R150m relief programme

More than 3‚500 applications have been made for the R150m relief fund made available by the Department of Sports‚ Arts ...

By David Isaacson

Mzansi Lockdown Marathon is still going strong with 11,000 entrants

More than 11,000 South Africans are taking part in the country's biggest lockdown marathon without leaving their homes ...

By Nivashni Nair

Walker faces Man City probe after hosting ‘sex party’ during lockdown

Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from Manchester City after reportedly breaking coronavirus lockdown ...


Herman Mashaba pauses launch of political party due to Covid-19

Former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says plans for launching his political party are still in the pipeline, but have ...

By Unathi Nkanjeni

Pay R3m or retract! Scare for Joburg dad who accused Spar of hiking prices

A Robertsham man who claimed in a Facebook post that supermarkets in his area of Johannesburg were hiking their prices ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

'Stay safe Africa': billionaire Jack Ma donates more equipment

Africa's fight against the deadly Covid-19 was given yet another boost by Chinese billionaire businessman Jack Ma, who ...

By Khanyisile Ngcobo

Police arrest man over fake claim that Covid test kits are contaminated

A Cape Town man will on Tuesday appear in court after he was arrested for a Facebook video claiming SA's test kits for ...

By staff reporter

Passion drives designer to make masks

With a nomadic upbringing that saw young designer Kuda Matiza's move from Zimbabwe to SA, he found himself falling in ...

By Thango Ntwasa

LORENZO FIORAMONTI | Minimise risks of economic crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads to SA, there are some important lessons that can be learnt from other countries, ...

By Lorenzo Fioramonti

Universities react to Covid-19 fallout

A common reopening date, online learning and reconfiguring the academic calendar to align it with that of the northern ...

By Sisanda Aluta Mbolekwa

Minnie Dlamini-Jones launches range of sanitisers

Celebrity businesswoman Minnie Dlamini-Jones is helping fight Covid-19 with the launch of her own range of hand ...

By Emmanuel Tjiya

Sassa gives food parcels to recipients affected by lockdown

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is providing food parcels and vouchers to temporary disability grant ...

By Ernest Mabuza

Permits bring no joy for street vendors

Gadzanani Ndlovu will be able to provide for her three children again after the government gave spaza shop owners and ...

By Tankiso Makhetha and Yoliswa Sobuwa

No change in British PM Boris Johnson's condition

There has been no change in Boris Johnson's condition, two sources close to him said on Tuesday, after he was taken ...

By Reuters

Celtic players face salary cuts due to Covid-19

Bloemfontein Celtic have become the first Premier Soccer League club to concede they might have to ask their players to ...

By Neville Khoza

SOWETAN | Fake news fans panic over Covid-19

The spread of fake news about the novel coronavirus online is reversing the work done by the health department in ...

By sowetan

'We thank virus for water'

The communities of Jerusalem and Mshandza in White River, Mpumalanga, yesterday said they are thankful to the ...

By Mandla Khoza

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The coronavirus is officially a national disaster, but what does this mean?

In terms of the law, once a national disaster is declared, government can regulate the movement of people and goods ...


Trevor Noah postpones comedy tour amid coronavirus outbreak

Trevor Noah has put his stand-up comedy tour, Loud and Clear, on hold amid the coronavirus outbreak.

By Masego Seemela

UCT staff member tests positive for coronavirus, major universities close

A University of Cape Town staff member has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the institution has announced

By Iavan Pijoos

THE EDITORIAL | We all must play part to defeat virus

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced extraordinary measures in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, ...

By The editorial

Celebs weigh in on coronavirus measures

Celebrities, like the rest of the country, were glued to the president's address and took to social media to share ...

By Kyle Zeeman

No surprises as Two Oceans is cancelled

Steyn to change tack as event hit by corona panic.

By Neville Khoza

WATCH | Travel ban and closure of schools: SA declares national state of ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on March 15 2020. This comes ...

By Deepa Kesa

More news on the Coronavirus Outbreak 

'Selfish and wasteful' shoppers clear shelves of food and supplies

President Cyril Ramaphosa's grave announcement on Sunday night appears to have switched many coronavirus fence-sitters ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

What you should know about social distancing

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Sunday of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, which ...

By Londiwe Dlomo

SA's hero pilot can't wait to tell daughter about Wuhan mission

Capt Vusi Khumalo did not tell his eight-year-old daughter where he was going when he embarked on a mission to rescue ...

By Promise Marupeng

Universities cancelling in-person classes due to coronavirus

A number of universities have announced that they are closing as a result of the Corona virus outbreak.

By Yoliswa Sobuwa

Maybe the 'rona' can save our lost humanity if we let it

Why has it taken governments and businesses so long to close borders, to down tools, to elevate the lives of people ...

Winter school holidays to be cut short

June school holidays will be shorter as schools close earlier for Easter holidays.

By Yoliswa Sobuwa

Churches fall in line with reduction in congregants

Some of the major religious bodies have called off church services and suspended planned gatherings for Easter as part ...

By Tankiso Makhetha and Kgothatso Madisa