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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.
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
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."
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.- ReutersWe live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
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108 District Six land claimants to move into new homes on 24 July
All of them were forcibly removed from their homes when the area was declared a 'whites only' area under the Apartheid Group Areas Act.