covid-19 coronavirus

  1. Jan

    Covid-19 booster shots recommended for the immunocompromised in South Africa

    Covid-19 booster shots in South Africa Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has announced that the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19 Vaccines has advised that additional doses be given to individuals with compromised immunity. This includes those who are on long-term oral steroid...
  2. Jan

    Government ready to start vaccinating children older than 12 in South Africa

    Covid-19 vaccinations for children older than 12 in South Africa The South African government is ready to begin vaccinating children older than 12 from 20 October 2021, health minister Joe Phaahla has announced. Phaahla said that the Ministerial Advisory Committee on vaccines recommended that...
  3. Jan

    No scientific basis for continued curfew in South Africa

    It’s time for the curfew to be scrapped There is no scientific basis for the continued 12am to 4am curfew. It should be ended. The third wave is over and this restriction does not mitigate the Covid pandemic. If Covid hospitalisations start ticking up again, a temporary curfew may be reinstated.
  4. Jan

    Can't download your vaccination certificate because EVDS details are wrong? You must go back to the vaccination site

    South Africans struggling to download Covid-19 vaccination certificates — what you must do South Africans whose personal data was not captured correctly in the EVDS must return to the vaccination site to correct it.
  5. Jan

    PSA: Vaccine certificate QR code contains easily decoded personal information - don't post it on social media

    Warning over vaccine certificate personal information The QR code on South Africa’s Covid–19 vaccine certificate contains personal information that is easily decoded, and should be treated like any medical record. People who have been vaccinated in South Africa should therefore not post their...
  6. Jan

    Covid-19 lockdown regulations relaxed to unban spectators at sports matches - within limits

    South Africa unbans spectators at sports Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published new lockdown regulations that will allow a limited number of spectators to attend professional sports matches.
  7. Jan

    584,074 vaccine certificates downloaded by Sunday

    This is how many vaccine certificates were issued last week Over half a million digital Covid-19 vaccine certificates were issued in South Africa less than two days after being launched. This was revealed to MyBroadband by deputy director-general at the National Department of Health, Nicholas...
  8. Jan

    UK recognises South Africa's proof of vaccination

    South Africa removed from UK travel red list — proof of vaccination recognised The United Kingdom has removed South Africa and 46 other countries from its red list for travel. Grant Shapps, transport secretary for the UK, said that these destinations would be removed from the red list on...
  9. Jan

    South Africa's Covid-19 vaccine certificate system is live

    Covid-19 vaccine certificate for South Africa launched South Africans vaccinated against Covid-19 can now download their vaccine certificate from a new website launched by the National Department of Health. The South African Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate System went live on Tuesday afternoon.
  10. Jan

    SIM-swap fraud nearly doubled in South Africa during Covid-19 lockdown

    SIM-swap fraud skyrockets in South Africa's Covid–19 lockdown SIM-swap fraud nearly doubled, and digital banking fraud victims lost over R309 million to criminals, according to the latest statistics from the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric). Sabric stated that the...
  11. Jan

    Government steering South Africa into hard lockdown over December

    Dire Covid-19 warning — South Africa heading for hard lockdown over December Permitting large gatherings under the adjusted level 1 lockdown could result in the fourth wave of Covid-19 cases hitting South Africa earlier than anticipated, and the country being placed under hard lockdown during...
  12. Jan

    Ramaphosa reveals plans and gives reasons for Covid-19 vaccine certificate

    Vaccine certificate for South Africa — where you will need it The Department of Health will soon roll out a secure and verifiable proof of vaccination for South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his address to the nation on Thursday evening. “This certificate can be used to...
  13. Jan

    Lockdown Alert Level 1 confirmed - size of gatherings significantly increased

    Ramaphosa announces level 1 lockdown for South Africa — big increase in size of gatherings President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to adjusted Covid-19 lockdown Alert Level 1 from Friday. The president explained the third wave of Covid-19 infections lasted more than...
  14. Jan

    University of Cape Town Senate votes in favour of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for students and staff

    Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations at University of Cape Town one step closer The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Senate held a vote on 22 September on a proposed compulsory vaccine policy, which resulted in a majority finding in favour of the proposal, according to a News24 report. The policy —...
  15. Jan

    South Africa's Covid-19 vaccination rate is tanking

    South Africa's Covid-19 vaccination rate nosedives South Africa’s daily Covid-19 vaccination rate plunged this week, indicating that the inoculation drive may be losing steam amid criticism of a lack of information about the shots among more remote and impoverished communities.
  16. Jan

    South Africa's third wave should officially be over this week

    Good news about Covid–19 third wave in South Africa South Africa should exit its third wave of Covid–19 this week if the current downward trend in new cases and hospitalisations continues, says CSIR senior researcher Ridhwaan Suliman. In his weekly analysis of South Africa’s Covid–19...
  17. Jan

    Lockdown may lift by March 2022

    Plan to end South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown The government expects it could lift South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown entirely by February or March 2022. This suggestion formed part of discussions at a Cabinet meeting on the relaxation of lockdown measures last week, leading up to President Cyril...
  18. Jan

    Health minister will recommend drop in lockdown level - relaxed alcohol restrictions "if we all behave"

    South Africa’s lockdown level may drop soon — including relaxed alcohol restrictions Health minister Joe Phaahla has said that his department might recommend that government relax its lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks. This depends on whether the number of new Covid–19 cases in South...
  19. Jan

    South Africa could get Coronavac manufacturing plant by year-end

    Good news for Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing in South Africa Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s South African partner plans to have a vaccine-making facility operational as early as the end of the year after the two companies started a Covid-19 inoculation trial in infants, children and...
  20. Jan

    Companies with mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policies

    The South African companies mandating Covid-19 vaccines In recent weeks, several major South African companies announced plans to implement mandatory vaccination policies for their staff or people who use their premises. This comes after labour minister Thulas Nxesi gazetted a directive on...
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