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JUST IN | SA’s Covid-19 infections climb by 2 759, pushing the total cases to 1 602 031. There have been 72 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 54 968

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Covid-19 in SA: 1 597 724 confirmed cases and 54 825 deathsAs of Monday, 10 May, the cumulative total of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 1 597 724, according to the national Department of Health.With 90 new Covid-19-related deaths reported, the total death toll is now pushed to 54 825.

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To date, 10 906 020 tests have been conducted, with 18 311 of these conducted since the last report.With the recovery rate remaining at 95%, cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 517 350.10 May 10:29Japan's Olympics protests intensify as Covid-19 spreads without vaccines

Japan is now racking up Covid-19 infections like never before. Less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated, new, more contagious variants have arrived on the scene, and people are tired after more than a year of extreme caution.10 May 10:28 headtopics.com

A 'more rapidly spreading virus' is fuelling India's mega Covid-19 surge, WHO chief scientist saysThe World Health Organisation is sounding the alarm about a coronavirus variant first identified in India, which is now spreading around the globe.

"B.1.617 is likely to be a variant of concern, because it has some mutations which increase transmission," the WHO's chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told AFP on Saturday.Read more here09 May 21:49South Africa has recorded 1 778 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1 596 595.

"Today, 11 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 1, Free State 1, Gauteng 8, KwaZulu-Natal 1, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape and Western Cape 0 which brings the total to 54 735 deaths," Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Sunday.

The recovery rate is at 95%.08 May 21:18BREAKING | 4 cases of the variant found in India has been detected in SAAs of today the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 594 817.A statement read:"Today, 37 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 0, Free State 2, Gauteng 21, Kwa-Zulu Natal 7, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 7 and Western Cape 0 which brings the total to 54 724 deaths." headtopics.com

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The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 514 088, representing a recovery rate of 95%.Meanwhile, the health department confirmed today that two variants of concern, other than the B.1.351 already dominating in South Africa, have been detected."These are: B.1.1.7 (first detected in the UK)- 11 cases. B.1.617.2 (first detected in India)- 4 cases. In addition the B.1.351 (first detected here in South Africa) has been sequenced from a patient traveling from Bangladesh.

"The four cases of B.1.617.2 have been detected in Gauteng (2) and KwaZulu-Natal (2) and all have a history of recent arrival from India. All cases have been isolated and managed according to national Covid-19 case management guidelines and contact tracing has been performed in order to limit the spread of this variant.

"Of the eleven cases of B.1.1.7, eight were detected in the Western Cape (with two having a history of travel from Bahrain), one was detected in KwaZulu-Natal and two were detected in Gauteng The B.1.1.7 has been detected in community samples and this therefore suggests that community transmission of B.1.1.7 has already set in.

"As the epidemic progresses, the detection of new variants is inevitable. The work of genomic surveillance assists us to detect the variants and understand their behaviour and to refine vaccines so they remain effective. NGS-SA remains vigilant as it continues to support the Department of Health. headtopics.com

"There are a number of other samples from cases with a history of recent travel into South Africa that are currently being sequenced and results are expected over the next few days. It is important to emphasise that variants can develop at anytime in any country so they do not have to be imported."

The statement added:"We are all deeply concerned about the threat of variants of concern and these reports demonstrate that the issue is complicated. Travel restrictions will need be balanced against the scientific realities in order to protect the economy. These findings are urgently being processed by government and announcements pertaining to travel regulations will be made after all appropriate consultations have been undertaken by Cabinet."

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07 May 20:59SA Covid-19 death toll at 54 687 as the number of cases now sit at 1 592 626South Africa has recorded 67 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the number of total fatalities to 54 687, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.“Regrettably, we report 67 more Covid-19 related deaths:  1 in the Eastern Cape, 13 in Gauteng, 5 in KwaZulu-Natal, 26 in Limpopo, 2 in Mpumalanga, 10 in the Norther Cape and 10 from the Western Cape,” he said in a statement on Friday night.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 10 831 738, with 25 934 new tests conducted since the last report. Recoveries now stand at 1 513 202.06 May 21:12SA Covid-19 death toll at 54 620 as the number of cases now sit at 1 590 370

South Africa has recorded 63 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the number of total fatalities to 54 620, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.“Regrettably, we report 63 more Covid-19 related deaths:  6 in the Eastern Cape, 21 Free State, 17 in Gauteng, 5 in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 in Mpumalanga, 5 in the Norther Cape and 6 from the Western Cape,” he said in a statement on Thursday night.

The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 10 805 804, with 32 577 new tests conducted since the last report. Recoveries now stand at 1 511 905.06 May 14:13Russia considers supplying 1 million vaccine shots to Armenia - RIARussia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia was considering supplying 1 million shots of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to Armenia, the RIA new agency reported.

Russia had already sent 15 000 doses of the vaccine to the former Soviet republic last month, Lavrov was quoted as saying at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart.Armenia's population is fewer than three million people.- Reuters06 May 14:00France widens Covid vaccine rollout to 16-17 year olds at high risk of major illness

France has decided to widen its Covid-19 vaccine rollout to people aged 16-17 who could face a high risk of a major illness from the virus, said the country's health ministry on Thursday, as the country gradually accelerates its vaccine programme.

The health ministry said this category of 16-17 year olds would be allowed to get the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from Thursday onward.- Reuters06 May 14:00France widens Covid vaccine rollout to 16-17 year olds at high risk of major illnessFrance has decided to widen its Covid-19 vaccine rollout to people aged 16-17 who could face a high risk of a major illness from the virus, said the country's health ministry on Thursday, as the country gradually accelerates its vaccine programme.

The health ministry said this category of 16-17 year olds would be allowed to get the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from Thursday onward.- Reuters06 May 13:31Pfizer/BioNTech to supply vaccines for Olympic athletesUS drugs giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Thursday announced a deal with the International Olympics Committee to provide vaccines to competitors and staff at the Tokyo games.

In a statement, the firms said they would coordinate with national sporting bodies to make sure that coronavirus vaccines are available to anyone who needs one before travelling to Japan.- AFP06 May 12:20Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 21 953 - RKI

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 21 953 to 3 473 503, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.The reported death toll rose by 250 to 84 126, the tally showed.- Reuters06 May 12:08

Mexico's coronavirus death toll passes 218 000Mexico's health ministry on Wednesday reported 267 new confirmed coronavirus deaths and 3 021 new cases, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 218 007 and cases to 2 355 985.Separate government data published in March suggested the real death toll may be at least 60% above the confirmed figure.

- Reuters06 May 11:43Ramaphosa welcomes US U-turn on vaccine patents, which may allow SA to ramp up productionPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the US decision to support a temporary patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines.Image:President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the nation on developments in relation to the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (GCIS)

06 May 11:11Covid-19 dangerously threatens India's rural areasIndia's Covid-19 crisis has been most acute in the capital, New Delhi, among other cities, but in rural areas - home to nearly 70% of India's 1.3 billion people - limited public healthcare is posing more challenges.

"The situation has become dangerous in villages," said Suresh Kumar, a field coordinator with Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan, a human rights charity.In some villages where the charity works in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh - home to about 200 million people -"there are deaths in almost every second house," he said.

"People are scared and huddled in their homes with fever and cough. The symptoms are all of Covid-19, but with no information available many think it is seasonal flu."The country's top scientific adviser has warned of a possible third wave of infections.

"Phase 3 is inevitable, given the high levels of circulating virus," the government's principal scientific adviser, K VijayRaghavan told a news briefing on Wednesday.- Reuters06 May 10:03Pharma federation IFPMA says US support for patent waiver 'disappointing'

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations expressed disappointment on Wednesday at the United States' decision to support a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines."As we have consistently stated, a waiver is the simple but the wrong answer to what is a complex problem," the lobby group said in a statement, describing the US move as"disappointing".

- AFP06 May 09:09Covid-19: Biden aims 'to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people as fast as possible'The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, saying"extraordinary circumstances" call for"extraordinary measures".

Image: Protesters picket outside Johnson & Johnson Offices during the Global Day Of Action For A People's Vaccine on 11 March 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.It is reported that the group demanded pharmaceuticals openly share their technological know-how and also for governments to suspend patent rules at the World Trade Organisation on Covid-19 vaccines. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images via Getty Images)

06 May 09:00US backs plan to waive Covid-19 vaccine patentsUS President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, offering hope to poor nations that have struggled to access the life-saving doses.

India, where the death toll hit a new daily record amid fears the peak is still to come, has been leading the fight within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to allow more drug-makers to manufacture the vaccines - a move pharma giants oppose.US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that while intellectual property rights for businesses are important, Washington"supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines" in order to end the pandemic.

- AFP06 May 08:30Thai activist lawyer contracts Covid-19 while jailed on charge of insulting king - officialThai activist lawyer, Arnon Nampa, jailed without bail since February on charges of insulting the country's powerful king, has contracted coronavirus in custody, a corrections department official said on Thursday.

"Arnon tested positive for Covid yesterday and at the moment he has been sent to the prison hospital for treatment," a corrections department official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.Arnon's Facebook page also reported he had contracted the coronavirus.

- Reuters06 May 07:50Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy against South African variant, study findsNovavax Inc's Covid-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51% against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43% in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis published on Wednesday.

The variant, known as B.1.351, carries mutations that threaten the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines, several studies have shown.Most vaccine makers, including Novavax, are testing versions of their vaccines to protect against emerging variants.The Novavax post-hoc analysis was published in the New England Journal of Medicine along with full data from the company's trial in South Africa, which included nearly 2 700 volunteers who had not been previously infected with the coronavirus.

Results announced in January showed efficacy of 60.1% against symptomatic Covid-19 in the South African trial looking at a mixture of the original virus and the South African variant among those who were HIV-negative.Efficacy was 49.4% among a mixed group of HIV positive and HIV negative participants.

The study also showed that prior infection with an earlier version of the virus did not reduce the risk of Covid-19 caused by the South African variant among people who got placebo shots.- Reuters06 May 07:33Covid-19: 2073 new cases and 46 more deaths

South Africa recorded 2 073 new Covid-19 infections by Wednesday and 46 more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the death toll to 54 557.06 May 07:31Sydney rushes to trace first local Covid cases in a monthSydney's first local Covid-19 cases in more than a month left health authorities scrambling to trace their origins on Thursday, but they stopped short of ordering Australia's most populous city into lockdown.

A man in his 50s and his wife have tested positive for the virus, triggering warnings for a string of locations around the city that they visited while believed to be contagious.They are Sydney's first recorded cases of transmission outside hotel quarantine since the start of April.

New South Wales state premier Gladys Berejiklian said from 17:00 on Thursday, Sydney's five million residents would again have to wear masks on public transport and in indoor venues.- AFP06 May 06:59India sees record Covid-19 deaths, new cases in 24 hours

India saw almost 4 000 Covid-19 deaths and more than 412 000 new cases in the past 24 hours, both new records, official data showed on Thursday.Health ministry numbers showed 3 980 deaths, taking the national total to 230 168, and 412 262 new cases, bringing India's caseload since the pandemic began to 21.1 million.

The renewed rise follows several days of falling case numbers that had raised government hopes that the catastrophic recent surge may have been easing.Having hit a high of 402 000 last Friday, the daily number of cases eased in subsequent days to as low as 357 000 before creeping up again on Tuesday.

- AFP05 May 17:03Tanzania stops flights to and from India amid coronavirus surgeTanzania has suspended flights to and from India amid the Covid-19 surge in the Southeast Asian nation, the country's health ministry said, the latest sign of its increasingly active approach to tackling the pandemic under its new president.

It joins a growing list of East African countries that have halted flights to and from India, including Uganda and Kenya.The suspension is effective immediately and will apply until further notice, the statement from health minister Abel Makubi dated Tuesday said. Exceptions would be made for cargo planes and pre-approved flights on humanitarian, diplomatic, and medical missions.

These are among the latest tough measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office in March.Hassan’s approach has differed markedly from her predecessor John Magufuli, who downplayed the severity of the virus and encouraged natural remedies to combat it.

-REUTERS05 May 14:58India's Goa, sun and sand tourist destination, has country's highest Covid rateIndia's Goa state, a hugely popular tourist destination on the western coast, has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections in the country, with up to one in every two people testing positive in recent weeks, government officials said on Wednesday.

Leaders of the small state, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing BJP party, were being blamed by the opposition and medical experts for ignoring pandemic protocols and allowing entry to tens of thousands of tourists this year in a bid to generate revenue.

Two government-appointed medical officials working at the state's Covid-19 data collection centre in the capital Panjim said the positivity rates in tests since April were between 40% to 51%, the highest in the country."The rate at which positive cases have increased represents the true picture of how fast the virus has spread," said one state official, adding that a complete lockdown and strict ban on entry of all tourists was the only way to slow down the surge.

- Reuters05 May 14:32Two Covid cases have been confirmed among the Indian delegation attending the London G7 meetingIndia's foreign minister is self-isolating after two members of the country's delegation to the G7 meeting in London have tested positive for Covid-19.

Image:G7 Foreign Ministers (left to right): European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Ben Stansall/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

05 May 14:15Germany looks to loosening lockdown as Covid-19 cases fallParts of Germany are eyeing a loosening of lockdown restrictions as the number of new cases fell nationwide on Wednesday, though infection rates remain high in some of the 16 federal states.

Confirmed new coronavirus cases in Germany rose on Wednesday by 18 034 to 3 451 550, but that 24-hour figure was 4 000 lower than a week ago, and the seven-day incidence per 100 000 people dropped to 132 from 141 on Tuesday, the lowest in three weeks.

Legislation passed last month enabled the federal government to impose night-time curfews in areas where cases exceed 100 per 100 000 residents on three consecutive days, and even stricter curbs where cases go above 165 per 100 000.Three of Germany's states are now under the key threshold of 100 cases per 100 000 - Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein - while three others are getting close - Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

- Reuters05 May 13:50India announces $6.7 billion in cheap loans for vaccine, health firmsIndia's central bank said Wednesday that $6.7 billion in cheap financing would be released for vaccine makers, hospitals and other health firms to counter the devastating coronavirus surge gripping the country.

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das said cheap loans would be available until 31 March next year and vowed that"unconventional" measures would be used if the crisis worsens.- AFP05 May 13:26China gave 284.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of 4 May

China has administered 284.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Tuesday, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.That compares with 279.91 million doses given as of Monday, up about 4.69 million doses.- Reuters05 May 12:58

Japan town builds giant squid with Covid-19 relief funds  A Japanese costal town in the western part of the country has drawn ire on social media for using some of the coronavirus relief funds it was given by the government to build a statue of a giant squid in the hopes of boosting tourism.  

The town of Noto in Ishikawa Prefecture was awarded ¥800 million ($7.31 million) in grants from the central government as part of an aid programme aimed at boosting local economies amid the pandemic, according to domestic media.  From that amount, Noto used ¥25 million to cover part of the cost of building the statue, which is 4m high and is 9m long, domestic media reported.

Total construction costs were around ¥30 million, they said.  Japan is battling a fourth wave of coronavirus infections and the cabinet approved a $708 billion stimulus package in December to help the economy recover from the pandemic-induced slump.  

Squid is a local delicacy in Noto and building the statue was part of a"long-term strategy" to raise awareness about the town's fishing industry and increase tourism, a local government official said, according to domestic media.  - Reuters

05 May 12:49India accounted for 1 in 4 coronavirus deaths worldwide last weekIndia accounted for one in four deaths from the coronavirus in the world last week, the World Health Organisation said. Read more: News24 »

Police minister travels to KZN Midlands in hopes to calm tensions ahead of local government elections

National Police Minister, Bheki Cele, is expected to visit the KwaZulu-Natal town of Plessislaer following the murder of a ward councillor candidate last week.

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SA records 1,129 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hoursSA recorded 1,129 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhzie said on Monday.

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