COVID-19: These are all the countries on lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a 21-day lockdown of the country adds South Africa to a list of other countries around the world who have done the same to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Ramaphosa is concerned that if these extraordinary measures are not put in place, we could face a human catastrophe, with the numbers of… Continue reading COVID-19: These are all the countries on lockdown

Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango dies due to coronavirus

Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango, real name Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango, died after he contracted the coronavirus. The 86-year-old “Big Blow” musician died on Tuesday morning at a hospital outside Paris, France, according to AFP. The musician’s family, who is best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa”, announced on his Facebook page last week that… Continue reading Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango dies due to coronavirus

These businesses can operate during the coronavirus 21-day SA lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a countrywide lockdown, part of which is that only certain categories of businesses can remain open. Ramaphosa said: “All shops and businesses will be closed, except for pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial and payment services, including the JSE, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care providers. ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES 1.… Continue reading These businesses can operate during the coronavirus 21-day SA lockdown

BREAKING: 8 local coronavirus transmissions confirmed as SA tally hits 85

Johannesburg – South Africa’s total confirmed coronavirus infections jumped to 85 on Tuesday night, with eight of the confirmed 23 new cases being local infections with no recent travel history. The youngest positive case was that of a 2-year-old in the Western Cape and a 5-year-old in KwaZulu-Natal, where a Richards Bay primary school had… Continue reading BREAKING: 8 local coronavirus transmissions confirmed as SA tally hits 85

Coronavirus: Gauteng health tracks down family that refused to be quarantined after testing positive

The Gauteng Department of Health was forced to turn to a court of law when a mother and daughter refused to be quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19. The pair, who could not be identified, tested positive after undergoing tests. The woman’s husband refused to be tested. The woman, her husband and daughter were traced… Continue reading Coronavirus: Gauteng health tracks down family that refused to be quarantined after testing positive

Newborn baby diagnosed with covid-19 is youngest confirmed case

London – A newborn baby has reportedly been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in London, becoming the global pandemics youngest confirmed case, a media report said. The child’s mother was reportedly rushed to the North Middlesex Hospital in the borough of Enfield with suspected pneumonia days earlier, the Metro newspaper said in the report on… Continue reading Newborn baby diagnosed with covid-19 is youngest confirmed case

Mpumalanga hospital closed over Covid-19, others taking action

The Busamed Lowveld Private Hospital in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, has been closed to the public over concerns regarding a case of Covid-19. The hospital said on Monday that it would limit public access to the facility as a precautionary measure to ensure that the correct protocol was implemented. According to hospital manager Andre Oosthuizen, all people… Continue reading Mpumalanga hospital closed over Covid-19, others taking action

Coronavirus outbreak declared a national disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a raft of unprecedented interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, including closing schools from Wednesday, closing 35 ports of entry and imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from countries hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. The measures were the outcome of an emergency Cabinet meeting… Continue reading Coronavirus outbreak declared a national disaster

21 people aboard cruise ship test positive for coronavirus

Twenty-one people aboard a cruise ship that was barred from docking in San Francisco have tested positive for coronavirus, U.S. officials said on Friday, as eight more states reported their first cases of the fast-spreading respiratory disease. Vice President Mike Pence, who is running the White House’s response to the outbreak, said at a news… Continue reading 21 people aboard cruise ship test positive for coronavirus

Sales of face masks increase in SA after first case of coronavirus confirmed

DURBAN – The coronavirus has swept fear across the world and on the heels of South Africa confirming its first case of the virus, people are taking precautions to protect themselves from the virus. Some of the precautions that people have been taking include washing their hands for longer periods of time and wearing face… Continue reading Sales of face masks increase in SA after first case of coronavirus confirmed