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Coronavirus: SA records 2 more deaths as cases rise to 1 655

2020-04-05 22:51

Two more people have died due to Covid-19 in South Africa, bringing the total number of deaths to 11, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize announced on Sunday.

Apology to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 'Africa vaccine' story

2020-04-05 22:22

News24 unreservedly apologises to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for falsely reporting that they want to test a vaccine for coronavirus in Africa.

Additional R53 million allocated to food relief programmes in the Western Cape

2020-04-05 17:27

An amount of R20 million will be used to distribute 50 000 food parcels, each of which will support a family of four for one month. The Department of Social Development will allocate these funds to selected NGOs to prepare and distribute the food parcels.


LOCKDOWN  South African Police patrol the Central Business District in Cape Town during the national lockdown. (Gallo Images)

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Covid-19: Fear grips vulnerable KZN health workers

2020-04-05 20:22

Nurses in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed fear and trepidation over “what is coming” as South Africa battles to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus, with the constant increase in the number of infections.

Covid-19: SA government's online coronavirus portal

2020-03-27 10:36

The government site contains information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, plus statistics on its spread in SA and related government press releases.

'Skop-skiet-donner' reports detract from SANDF's coronavirus efforts - Makwetla

2020-04-05 14:44

The reported incidents of unlawful acts by members of the South African National Defence Force since its deployment in support of the police to deal with the Covid-19 are regrettable, said Thabang Makwetla, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on Sunday.

Dan Kriek: We need to monitor food security as closely as our health

2020-04-05 13:28

The Covid-19 pandemic will accentuate levels of inequality in society in ways we have not anticipated, unless we start paying closer attention to food security among the poorest of the poor, writes former Agri-SA president Dan Kriek.

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners to slow virus spread

2020-04-05 15:24

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Sunday pardoned more than 5,600 prisoners and ordered their release in stages to avoid contagion in the country's overcrowded jails.

We don't need no social distance: US police bust Pink Floyd 'corona party'

2020-04-05 12:36

Partygoers at a Pink Floyd tribute night have been scolded for shouting abuse at New Jersey police after defying social distancing rules brought in to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

LIST | The dos and don'ts during the national lockdown

2020-03-25 21:12

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned any person who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown will be guilty of a criminal offence.

Tunisian parliament grants PM special powers amid pandemic

2020-04-05 10:29

Tunisia's parliament on Saturday gave the prime minister special powers for two months to allow for the accelerated adoption of measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Amid virus fears, Pakistan searches for pilgrims from mass gathering

2020-04-05 09:48

Pakistani authorities are searching for tens of thousands of worshippers who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month just as the novel coronavirus was taking root in the impoverished nation, officials told AFP on Saturday.

Liverpool put some non-playing staff on furlough

2020-04-04 16:27

Liverpool have ecame the latest Premier League club to put some of their non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus shutdown.

Life after lockdown | A steep climb for shopping malls

2020-04-04 09:33

Economic activity in Africa’s richest square mile, Sandton has come to a grinding halt. Analysts say the situation is unikely to return to normal even after the lockdown is lifted.

Why physical distancing is important - but an expert thinks the '2m rule' may not be enough

2020-04-05 18:18

So whats's the optimal distance for physical distancing? Recommendations say 1-2 metres, and an infectious disease professor backs this up, saying that larger droplets seem to reach that distance through coughing or sneezing - but an MIT expert suggests these "clouds" can travel further.

Coronavirus: DA gets a no to request for oversight over command centre's work

2020-04-05 16:26

DA Leader John Steenhuisen believes the National Command Council is in the unique position of rolling out programmes that are out of the ordinary and, as such, cannot effectively be held to account by Parliament's existing committees.

PICS | Coronavirus and church: Pray for SA, Ramaphosa asks ZCC leaders during Sunday visit

2020-04-05 16:26

President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a delegation of ministers for a meeting with bishops of the Zion Christian Church on Sunday as part of coronavirus interventions, ahead of what is usually a massive Easter pilgrimage to Moria in Limpopo.

WATCH | How awareness and unity can make a difference - Khayelitsha gets 1 000 hand sanitisers

2020-04-05 13:01

When businesswoman Shafieka Salie-Effendi noticed the plea for hand sanitisers on the Khayelitsha Community Action Network WhatsApp group, she didn't sit idly by. She joined the group to help mobilise awareness around the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa - and managed to raise enough money to donate 1 000 hand sanitisers.

ANALYSIS | SA's desperately tough path post-coronavirus

2020-04-05 11:37

Some of the world’s biggest and most resilient face unemployment levels reminiscent of 1930’s 'Great Depression'. Economists believe South Africa will be even harder hit.

Covid-19 | How we got here: a timeline of how the virus spread across the world

2020-04-05 12:09

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as Covid-19 that has spread to at least 180 countries and territories.

Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

2020-04-05 15:02

Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter's Square crowds.

Coronavirus: Fear that US exports clampdown could hamper SA's effort to ramp up testing

2020-04-05 09:27

An unofficial clampdown by the US government on exports of test kits crucial to South Africa's plans to ramp up coronavirus testing, is raising fears that local efforts to combat the disease may falter.

Nigeria eyes $1.3bn health fund to tackle virus

2020-04-05 10:31

Nigeria is looking to set up a $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euro) fund to boost its fragile healthcare system for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday.

Coronavirus morning update: 9 deaths in SA, student repats get all-clear

2020-04-05 06:01

Your latest coronavirus news: The health department reports 1585 cases in South Africa, along with 9 deaths; and SA students from China are given the all clear after being in quarantine.

Nadal thanks 'class act' Djokovic for Covid-19 contribution

2020-04-04 15:15

They are fierce rivals on the court, but Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are always happy to put their rivalry aside during a time of need, and the coronavirus is no different.

France to test plasma of coronavirus survivors to treat sick

2020-04-05 10:30

France is to begin clinical trials involving transfusions of blood plasma from coronavirus survivors into patients who have severe symptoms in a bid to treat the illness, the institutions involved said Saturday.

PODCAST | THE STORY: Locked and loaded - police shoot at News24 journalist during lockdown

2020-04-04 12:55

It’s been nine days since South Africa was placed under a nationwide lockdown and there have been countless complaints and cases filed against the police as a result of their alleged use of excessive force. Listen.

Ecclestone believes 2020 F1 Championship should be cancelled

2020-04-04 17:59

Bernie Ecclestone believes this season's Formula One championship should be cancelled as he does not think enough races can be completed for it to be valid.

Rose 'happy to take wage cut' as Premier League meets players

2020-04-04 16:52

Newcastle's Danny Rose is willing to contribute a portion of his wages to those fighting the coronavirus outbreak, but says players feel their "backs are against the wall".

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