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2020-10-29 10:00:00 PM

JUST IN | 2 056 new Covid-19 cases bring the total infections to 721 770. There have been 15 new fatalities in the past 48 hours. The death toll is now 19 164

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SA's total number of Covid-19 cases has now hit 716 759.The number of deaths sits at 19 008.The recovery rate, however, remains at 90%. A total of 646 721 people have recovered.26 October 19:12Iran reports one death every five minutes, Russia's daily cases surge to record high - International Covid-19 news

Hospitals in many Iranian provinces are running out of capacity to handle Covid-19 cases, health authorities say, with novel coronavirus now killing around 300 people a day or one person every five minutes. European leaders warned of a bleak winter as resurgent Covid-19 infections forced countries to impose new restrictions to try to curb a second wave of the pandemic, with the United States and France setting new daily records for cases. 

Australia's second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no new daily cases or deaths were recorded. RBulgarian schools will be allowed to switch to online studies, the education ministry said on Monday, as the Balkan country struggles to contain a new surge in coronavirus infections. 

Covid-19 infections rose by 17 440 over the weekend, Swiss health authorities showed on Monday, as the government considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of Covid-19. Italy will present a package of measures on Tuesday to support businesses hit by new restrictions aimed at reining in a second wave of Covid-19, officials said, at a time of mounting protests against the curbs across the country. 

Russia's daily tally of new Covid-19 cases soared to a record high of 17 347 on Monday as the Kremlin warned the pandemic was beginning to inflict a greater toll outside the capital Moscow.26 October 15:08Iran reports one Covid-19 death every five minutes

Hospitals in many Iranian provinces are running out of capacity to handle Covid-19 cases, health authorities say, with the virus now killing around 300 people a day or one person every five minutes.Authorities have complained of poor social distancing, and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said the pandemic could cause 600 daily deaths in coming weeks if Iranians failed to respect health protocols in the Middle East's hardest-affected country.

A caption that ran on state television news said an Iranian died of novel coronavirus every five minutes, a rate that corresponds to daily death tallies reported by the authorities of just above or below 300 over the past 20 days.Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on Sunday that 32 616 people had died of the disease and the number of confirmed cases had reached 568 896.

Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavirus tolls. A report by the Iranian parliament’s research centre in April suggested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced by the health ministry.Europe braces for tough winter 

European leaders warned of a bleak winter as resurgent Covid-19 infections forced countries to impose new restrictions to try to curb a second wave of the pandemic, with the United States and France setting new daily records for cases.More than 42.9 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 1 151 929 have died, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States leading with the highest number of deaths and infections.

Word that a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc produced immune responses in both elderly and young people offered some positive news as autumn turns to winter in the Northern Hemisphere.- Reuters26 October 14:51Trump's chief of staff argued that Covid-19 cases on Mike Pence's team should be concealed

On Saturday it was revealed in media reports that at least four aides to Pence, including his chief of staff Marc Short and personal aide Zach Bauer, tested positive for Covid-19.It's not the first time that the White House has been accused of seeking to cover up outbreaks in the executive mansion.

When President Donald Trump announced his positive coronavirus test on 2 October, it was only after Bloomberg reported that his aide, Hope Hicks, had tested positive. 26 October 12:35Global stocks tumble as investors dump risk with Covid-19 cases rocketing and no US stimulus deal

Global stocks tumbled on Monday as investors dumped risk assets, while an ongoing surge of Covid-19 cases across Europe and the US dampened sentiment. The US marked a new milestone in the past few days, recording around 83 700 new Covid-19 cases each day. While the fatality rate has been flat, top scientists warn that it tends to lag cases by two weeks.

26 October 12:23OPINION | Is reaching zero Covid-19 possible?Eliminating the virus across much of the world, while not unthinkable, could take a significant number of years.26 October 11:53China reports surge of asymptomatic coronavirus cases in Xinjiang

China reported the highest number of asymptomatic novel coronavirus infections in nearly seven months on Monday following the discovery of a cluster of cases linked to a garment factory in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.Health authorities found 137 asymptomatic cases on Sunday during a drive to test 4.75 million people in the Kashgar area triggered by an asymptomatic infection in a 17-year-old female garment factory worker reported on Saturday.

It was not clear how the teenager was infected though the official Xinhua news agency said all of the new cases were linked to another garment factory where the patient's parents work. The parents had not tested positive for the virus, however, it said.

- Reuters26 October 11:24Lions-Griquas clash hinges on Tuesday's round of Covid-19 testingThe Lions' Super Rugby Unlocked fixture against Griquas this weekend will hinge on Tuesday's weekly and mandatory round of Covid-19 testing.Following the National Institute for Communicable Diseases' (NICD) prompting at the weekend, SA Rugby had to postpone the franchise's match against the Cheetahs"to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community".

The decision was based on two more positive results being received during an additional round of testing on Friday after the four cases from earlier in the week.26 October 11:20US nurse accuses doctor of coughing on her at work when he had Covid-19A nurse practitioner in Florida is taking legal action against her boss who she says willfully coughed on her when he had coronavirus in the workplace, local news reported. 

Venise Jean-Baptist told local news that her boss, Dr. Joseph Piperato, would not take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 like wearing a facemask at her job located at Project Access Foundation medical office in Miami, Florida, according to WSVN-TV.

26 October 11:10France may be experiencing 100 000 new Covid cases per day - govt medical advisorFrance may be experiencing 100 000 new Covid-19 cases per day - two times more than the latest figures - Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, told RTL radio on Monday.

"There is probably more than 50 000 cases per day. We estimate, on the scientific committee, that we are more in the region of 100,000 cases per day," said Delfraissy.France registered a record 52 010 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday, as a second wave of cases surges through Europe.

The new cases took the French total to 1 138 507, with France now ahead of Argentina and Spain to register the world's fifth highest number of cases after the United States, India, Brazil and Russia. Read more: News24 »

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2,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed, taking SA total past 720,000SA recorded 2,056 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday. We surviving using holy spirit not science Inenkani le Covid-19

SA records 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hoursSA recorded slightly about 1,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

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SA approaches 720,000 Covid-19 cases, with 51,000 considered 'active'The number of active Covid-19 cases across SA continues to hover around the 51,000 mark, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

SA records over 2 000 new Covid-19 casesA total of 53 new Covid-19-related deaths were reported on Thursday, of which 37 people were from the Eastern Cape, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Ntwe e tlo re bolaya EC where voetsekANC stole everything The number will double people have dropped their guards, I always fight for social distancing but taken for a fool not to mention face masks

58 more people in SA die after contracting COVID-19 virusHow many recovered? Lies! The nicd reported only 14 deaths. Not even the media is reading the reports anymore