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29 April 08:33

It is too early to make any comments about the severity because the resurgent has just begun 2 weeks ago. Data will become clearer over the weeks to come, Dr Jassat added.

29 April 08:35

Increased cases have been recorded among all age groups, but the highest number of cases are currently in the 10 to 14 age group, said Jassat.

- Nicole McCain

29 April 08:43

Dr Richard Lessells of the Genomic Sequencing Network said two new lineages of the Omicron variant have been identified, BA.4 and BA.5. These are not new variants, but rather diversification of the variant. There is some evidence that these new lineages are replacing the previous dominant lineage, BA.2. The new lineages account for half of the cases since early April, he said.

- Nicole McCain

29 April 18:25

South Africa has recorded 4 954 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 3 785 398.

The death toll is 100 360.

 

01 May 16:09

KZN health MEC concerned about the increase in Covid-19 cases in province

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane says the 20% increase in Covid-19 infections over a seven-day moving average recorded in the province is cause for alarm.

In a statement on Sunday, Simelane said 1 724 infections were reported in the province on 30 April.

Of the new confirmed infections, the eThekwini metro accounted for at least 80% of cases, followed by the Umgungundlovu District at 7% and Ilembe at 5%.

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01 May 17:22

02 May 07:14

Covid-19: Rise in infections as SA positivity rate hits 22%

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported 3 838 new Covid-19 cases in the country, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 795 763.

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03 May 18:32

South Africa has recorded 3 785 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 3 802 198.

The death toll is 100 377.

 

04 May 11:28

Longest Covid-19 infection lasted 505 days - increasing danger of new variants

A patient in the UK tested positive for the Covid-19 virus for 505 days – more than 16 months – making it the longest recorded infection to date. The previous record was 335 days.

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04 May 20:46

South Africa has recorded 6 170 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 3 808 368.

The death toll is 100 407.

05 May 07:21

Masks to stay as govt announces limited Covid-19 regulations before current ones expire

The Department of Health has announced limited regulations with effect from Thursday, just an hour before the remaining restrictions were due to expire at midnight.

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05 May 19:38

South Africa has recorded 9 757 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 3 818 125.

The death toll is 100 471.

07 May 20:10

South Africa has recorded 8 524 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 3 835 902.

The death toll is 100 516.

 

08 May 18:30

SA's latest Covid-19 numbers

09 May 19:01

SA's latest Covid-19 numbers

10 May 18:45

SA's latest Covid-19 numbers

11 May 18:29

SA's latest Covid-19 numbers

SA's Covid-19 numbers increased by 10 017 on Wednesday, the first day since January that there has been more than 10 000 new infections.

Health authorities have warned South Africa may be entering a fifth wave of infections driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants.

Experts have predicted a fifth wave could start during the winter months, sometime in May or June.

Just under 50% of SA's adult population of roughly 40 million have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 45% of adults being fully vaccinated.

- Reuters and News24 reporters

12 May 18:18

SA's latest Covid-19 numbers

13 May 21:52

16 May 09:04

Massive North Korea military parade identified as a Covid super-spreader event in the country

A massive military parade in North Korea has been identified as a Covid super-spreader event after a number of soldiers who participated in the event last month tested positive for the virus, Radio Free Asia reported.

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17 May 08:47

Second J&J shot prevents hospitalisation, severe Covid-19 - study

A new study shows that people who receive a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine are less likely to end up in hospital for the disease.  

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17 May 08:50

17 May 08:50

EXPLAINER | Fifth wave of Covid-19 infections: What is the state of the pandemic in SA?

Last Wednesday, Covid-19 infections in South Africa increased by 10 017 in one day - the first day since January that there has been more than 10 000 new infections.

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17 May 09:02

North Korea's Covid crisis spiralling out of control - 1.4 million people now suffering from 'fever'

North Korean health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 270 000 cases of "fever" - believed to be Covid-19 - in the country, the Associated Press reported.

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18 May 08:50

SA's vaccine troubles include a shortage of megaphones - but soccer is helping

If it weren't for bad roads, bad weather, and a lack of simple tools, more South Africans would be vaccinated, those with regional responsibility for the rollout of Covid-19 shots say.

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18 May 12:36

North Korea tells citizens to gargle salt water and drink willow leaf tea to fight Covid

North Korea has instructed citizens to gargle salt water, among other home remedies, to treat Covid.

- The country, which is unvaccinated, is struggling to deal with an "explosive" Covid outbreak.

- As of Tuesday, North Korea has recorded more than 1.7 million cases of "fever" and 62 deaths.

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18 May 14:41

South Africans flying to the Netherlands won't be forced to wear a mask - but will on their return

Dutch airline KLM is the latest to drop its face mask mandate, allowing passengers from South Africa and other parts of the world the option to mask up when flying to the Netherlands. The same isn't true for return flights, though.

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19 May 14:27

How South Africa is integrating Covid-19 into routine care for mothers and babies

Pregnant women are not at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. But data show they are at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease. This is especially the case in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy, and this is still the case two years into the pandemic.

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19 May 19:47

The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is 3 915 258. 

The death toll hits 100 898, with 12 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours. 

 

20 May 18:45

South Africa has recorded 6 375 more coronavirus cases.

Six deaths have been reported in the past 24 to 48 hours.

 

24 May 10:46

Living with long Covid: 'Everything I enjoyed eating and smelling is now distasteful and nauseating'

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are suffering from the lingering effects of Covid-19 – from severe fatigue and struggling with fatigue to coping with smell and taste loss. This is Beulah's story.

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25 May 08:40

Fear that thousands in flood shelters may risk contracting Covid-19

Compounding the KwaZulu-Natal floods disaster, there are now fears that the shelters housing thousands of victims could become Covid-19 super-spreaders.

Briefing the KZN Legislature’s portfolio committee on health on Tuesday, provincial health department head, Sandile Tshabalala, said the shelters pose a health risk in the face of the current upsurge in Covid-19 infections in the province.

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26 May 09:37

SA Covid-19 update: Current resurgence coming to an end, trends suggest

South Africa’s latest Covid-19 resurgence is coming to an end, with cases and hospitalisations showing a downward trend in the past two weeks, Professor Cheryl Cohen, head of the centre for respiratory diseases and meningitis at the NICD said on Wednesday.

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26 May 09:43

Covid-19: N95 respirator offers stronger protection than surgical masks, study suggests

Face masks have become a crucial part of regular life during the Covid-19 pandemic. While some countries have dropped their mask mandates, others, including South Africa, continue to advocate mask use.  

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26 May 09:45

Face masks will continue to be part of our lives - but do they work? What the science tells us

People in South Africa are required to continue wearing face masks in indoor public places and when using public transport, the Department of Health announced on Thursday as part of limited regulations aimed at curbing spread of Covid-19.

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