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WRAP | 16 734 coronavirus deaths in SA and 674 339 cases

WRAP | 16 734 coronavirus deaths in SA and 674 339 cases

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With 1 767 coronavirus cases recorded, SA now has 674 339 infections.

67 more deaths have been reported bringing the tally to 16 734.

There are 608 112 recoveries – a recovery rate of 90%.

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International students wishing to return to SA to be subjected to Covid-19 testing

International students wishing to return to South African universities, will be subjected to Covid-19 testing before being admitted back to class.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said those students who remained outside the country, would also need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions. 


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3h ago

After an initial mistake, govt confirms Brazil is high risk – no tourism to SA allowed

On Wednesday afternoon, government announced that no tourists will be allowed from a list of high-risk countries.

The list excluded Brazil which, at almost 4.8 million cases of Covid-19, currently the third-highest caseload in the world.

Almost 143,000 Brazilians have died from the disease.But a few hours later, minister of home affairs Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed that Brazil’s exclusion was an oversight.


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All airlines from countries where people will be permitted to come to SA will be/have been notified, says Mbalula.

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A 24-hour home affairs team has a passenger list of all people entering the country. If someone isn’t allowed in SA, home affairs will notify the crew and if the person arrives in the country, they will be sent back.

If a airline allows a person to travel without the 72-hour test the traveller will be the airline’s responsibility, says Motsoaledi.

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Travel insurance is mandatory.

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Cross border road transport services vehicles must be sanitised. Drivers and operators should wear masks and sanitise and no entry will be allowed should operators not wear masks, says Minister Fikile Mbalula.

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No UK or US tourists allowed in SA – here is the list

South Africa will use its own level of coronavirus risk to determine what countries are considered high, medium, or low risk, international relations minister Naledi Pandor announced at a press conference on new travel measures.

Those with significantly higher levels of infection spread and deaths, compared to South Africa, will be rated as high risk – and leisure travellers from those countries will not be permitted into South Africa.

The only exception will be those with high-skills visas, and investors.


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China remains a low risk country. 

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A person who is tested positive of the coronavirus should not be allowed to board a plane, says Pandor. 

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All travellers from African countries are allowed to travel to South Africa but must follow the screening process, isolation and must have a PCR not older than 72 hours.

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Data will be reviewed every two weeks says Pandor on the rating of high, medium and low risk countries.

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Other high risk countries include France, Greece, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Maldives, Mexico, Netherlands, Nepal, Palestine and Portugal, says Motsoaledi.

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Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, US are some of the high risk countries, says Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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Those who wish to be repatriated can leave the country without being declared undesirable.

People can now apply for IDs and passports.

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Home affairs will extend the valid period of visas which expired during lockdown until 31 January 2021.

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King Shaka, Or Tambo and Cape Town international airports will only be opened.

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Not all travellers from high risk countries will be allowed to travel to South Africa.

Only high skills visa holders, diplomats and investors will be allowed in the country.

Travellers from Africa will be allowed entry into the country for leisure and business.

Travellers from high risk countries won’t be allowed in for leisure purposes.

Not all land borders will be open, most of the closed borders will remain closed.

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Travellers will be expected to produce a PCR test, not older than 72 hours from time of departure from their country.

Travellers will be screened upon arrival for Covid-19 symptoms.

They will have to provide contact information and addresses while in the country.

7h ago

Countries that are above the level of SA’s infection and death rates are determined as high risk countries.

Countries with infections within SA’s infection rates are medium risk countries and countries with rates below SA’s is low risk countries.

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We have arrived at a point where infection rates have gone, we believe we can now accelerate the process to return to a normal sect of business, says Pandor.

International travellers, business and some leisure activities will be allowed.

We still are in a restricted domain, she says.

7h ago

Minister Naledi Pandor now addressing the media on Level 1 lockdown.

She says the briefing would be “rather long”.

9h ago

Covid-19 wrap | Disney to cut 28 000 jobs amid downturn, India’s infections surge to 6.23 million

India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 6.23 million after it reported 80 472 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Wednesday.


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13h ago

Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus in Americas:

New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering as the rate of positive tests for the novel coronavirus climbed above 3% for the first time in months, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Canada’s federal authorities and its two biggest provinces promised new measures to combat a second wave that is notching up as many cases as during the pandemic’s peak in April.

Colombia will extend a selective quarantine for the duration of October.

Reuters

13h ago

Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus in Europe: 

Italy is likely to extend a state of emergency to help keep the health crisis under control, a senior official said.

Finland and Poland slapped new curfews on bars and restaurants, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country would restrict the size of gatherings and fine people who flout tracking rules.

Hundreds of junior Spanish doctors took to the streets of Barcelona to demand better working conditions as they struggle against a second wave of infections.

Reuters

13h ago

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 33.52 million, death toll at 1 002 898

More than 33.52 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1 002 898 have died, according to a Reuters tally. 

17h ago

Coronavirus morning recap: Evidence on diabetes, research on infants, and Africa needs $100bn

What the evidence says on Covid-19 and diabetes; reassuring research on infants; and Africa needs $100bn for pandemic aftermath.


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29 September 22:23

There has been an increase of 903 coronavirus cases bringing the total to 672 572.

The number of deaths are now 16 667 after 81 fatalities were recorded.

Recoveries now stand at 606 520 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

29 September 22:04

UN makes leadership call, and millions of tests rolled out

US President Donald Trump announced the distribution of 150 million rapid coronavirus tests ordered from Abbott Laboratories that are able to deliver a result in 15 minutes and display it in a similar format to a home pregnancy kit.

And the World Health Organization says 120 million more will be available for the developing world at $5 each as long as funding is secured.


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29 September 20:30

Boost for vaccine doses planned for poor as virus rages on

Up to 100 million additional doses of any eventual Covid-19 vaccines will be secured for delivery to poorer countries in 2021, health groups announced on Tuesday, as the virus showed no sign of receding after claiming more than one million lives around the world.

The announcement doubles the number of doses already secured from the Serum Institute of India by the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, following an initial agreement in August.


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29 September 19:10

Africa needs $100bn for Covid-19 aftermath, Ramaphosa tells UN

President Cyril Ramaphosa said Africa needs financing of $100 billion for “fiscal space and liquidity” for the continent’s governments amid the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been described as the worst shock to the global economy since World War II.

Ramaphosa addressed the UN’s high-level meeting on financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond on Tuesday via a video message.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres described breaching the millionth Covid-19 death as a “tragic milestone”.


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29 September 17:48

Mkhize: Covid-19 impact lays bare local govt shortcomings, lack of basic services in communities

“[The] impact of Covid-19 was the way it exposed the [paucity] of the basic services to our communities and the challenges of underdevelopment such as shortage of water, poor sanitation, overcrowded informal settlements, which laid bare all the weaknesses of our local government, environmental and other services,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize during a webinar commemorating World Environmental Health Day.


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29 September 16:20

Germany injects additional R100 million Covid-19 relief funding into Cape Town

The City of Cape Town and Germany have signed a financial agreement which will provide an additional R100 million in Covid-19 relief funding.


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29 September 13:20

Covid-19 wrap | 1 million deaths ‘a very sad milestone’ – WHO, Russia to supply vaccine to Nepal

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday that one million deaths from Covid-19 was “a very sad milestone”, after many victims suffered “a terribly difficult and lonely death” and their families were unable to say goodbye.

PLUS:

– Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said it had agreed to supply 25 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal. 

– Britain’s nightclubs may have to stay shut until a coronavirus vaccine is developed.

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PLUS:

– Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said it had agreed to supply 25 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal. 

– Britain’s nightclubs may have to stay shut until a coronavirus vaccine is developed.

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29 September 13:12

Covid-19 wrap | 1 million deaths ‘a very sad milestone’ – WHO, Russia to supply vaccine to Nepal

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday that one million deaths from Covid-19 was “a very sad milestone”, after many victims suffered “a terribly difficult and lonely death” and their families were unable to say goodbye.

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29 September 12:23

Russian scientist behind Covid-19 vaccine defends ‘wartime’ roll-out

Russia plans to share preliminary results of its Covid-19 vaccine trial based on the first six weeks of monitoring participants, raising the tempo in an already frenzied global race to end the pandemic.

Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute that produced the Sputnik V vaccine, told Reuters that the pace of its development was necessary under the “wartime” conditions of a pandemic but no corners were being cut.

Russia has pushed ahead with its potential Covid-19 vaccine at top speed with mass public vaccinations alongside the main human trial, raising concerns among some observers that it was prioritising national prestige over solid science and safety.

– Reuters

29 September 12:03

#COVID19 has once again reaffirmed the reality that diseases know no borders and no country is immune to the socio-economic devastation that follows the arrival and spread of a new and unfamiliar pathogen. #WorldEnvironmentalHealthDay

— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) September 29, 2020

29 September 12:01

Russia reports more than 8 000 new coronavirus cases

Russia on Tuesday reported 8 232 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s nationwide tally to 1 167 805.Authorities said 160 people had died, bringing the official death toll to 20 545.

– Reuters 

29 September 11:14

UK seeks to boost job training to help workforce recover from Covid-19

Britain will launch training options for adults to learn new skills in an effort to boost productivity and help the country recover from the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate, already at over 4%, is expected to rise further as a job subsidy scheme put in place early in the pandemic expires next month to be replaced by a scaled-back job support programme.

“We cannot, alas, save every job. What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs,” Johnson will say in a speech, according to excerpts sent by his office.

“We’re transforming the foundations of the skills system so that everyone has the chance to train and retrain.”

The government will also seek to boost the number of apprenticeships, with more funding for small and medium firms taking on apprentices, and will extend a pilot programme known as digital skill boot camps to new locations.

– Reuters

29 September 10:33

May be unsafe for Springboks to play, warns Erasmus

The world champions are scheduled to play two matches each against Argentina, hosts Australia and fierce rivals New Zealand between 7 November and 12 December.

SA Rugby’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday it may not be safe for the Springboks to compete in the 2020 Rugby Championship due to a lack of game-time.

“We had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world and our players were indoors for months,” Erasmus told a virtual media conference.

“In other countries players could train or at least go to the park and exercise, but we did not have that.”


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29 September 10:31

The number of children with Covid-19 in the US has risen ‘dramatically’ over the last five months

The cumulative rate of coronavirus infections among kids has risen from 2.2% in April to 10% by mid-September, a new report finds. 

In April, children represented just 2.2% of coronavirus cases in the US. By mid-September, that proportion had risen “dramatically” to reach 10%, according to data released today by the American Academy of Paediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

It’s unlikely the rise is due to increased testing since CDC data shows children have consistently made up 5% to 7% of all tests administered since April, the organisations report.


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29 September 10:30

Covid-19: Financial uncertainty continues for doctors despite patients’ return to healthcare facilities

Patients who postponed surgeries due to Covid-19 are now going back to health facilities but many doctors are still feeling the financial impact of fewer patient visits.


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29 September 07:07

Elon Musk says he and his family won’t get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available

Elon Musk says he and his family won’t get a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.


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29 September 07:03

‘Surge’ over as 188 more Covid-19 deaths recorded after data delay

The Department of Health reported 188 more deaths related to Covid-19 as it declared the surge over, but explained the higher figure is due to a delay in data and the verification of post-mortem swabs.


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29 September 05:59

The coronavirus has killed at least 1 million people worldwide

Reaching yet another grim milestone, the novel coronavirus has killed 1 million people worldwide, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.


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29 September 05:58

Coronavirus morning recap: Silent third wave, hospital transmission, and how Covid took hold in SA

The silent third wave might be Parkinson’s; how the virus spreads in a hospital setting; and how Covid-19 took hold in South Africa.


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