70% of people in hospital for COVID-19 unvaccinated

Seventy percent of those who have been admitted to hospital are those who are unvaccinated, revealed Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla. According to the Minister, while scientists are still conducting more studies if vaccines work against the Omicron variant, early signs indicate they are still effective. “So as things stand the vaccines are showing to be still very strong in protecting against severe disease as it did with previous variants,” he said during a media briefing, adding that figures are showing those who are vaccinated are better protected. In addition,…

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Over 11 million adults now fully vaccinated in SA

South Africa has now crossed the 11 million mark for adults who are fully vaccinated, as the country gears up to inoculate children aged 12 and older from Wednesday. According to the Department of Health, there are 135 449 people who were either given the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine in the past 24 hours. The latest data pushes the number to 11 036 024 fully vaccinated adult citizens. The department distributed 185 440 doses on Tuesday, bringing the…

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Youth eager to be vaccinated

President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended young people for turning out in their numbers, and registering, to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “This fills me with great pride. Over half a million South Africans enrolled on the day that registration for over 18s opened,” the President said in his newsletter. The vaccination of people aged between 18 and 35 years opened on Friday. “The young people of our country are giving us all hope that an end to this time of hardship is within our sight. The maturity that young people have…

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166 902 vaccines administered on Thursday

A total 166 902 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered on Thursday bringing the total number of jabs administered in South Africa to 9 185 756, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). The NICD further reported that 14 271 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa. This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 568 511. The majority of new cases reported on Thursday were from the Western Cape (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (25%). “Gauteng province accounted for 16%; Eastern Cape accounted for 11%; Mpumalanga accounted for 6%; Free State…

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Partial alcohol ban over SA Easter long weekend

SA would see a partial alcohol ban over Easter

South Africans would have to still adhere to lockdown level 1 rules over the Eastern weekend and live with   partial ban on the sale of alcohol  to curb the spread of COVID-19. The ban will be in effect from Friday to Monday, the duration of the Easter holiday. Addressing the nation , President Cyril Ramaphosa said alcohol fuels reckless behaviour and for this reason, the government had banned the sale of alcohol that is taken away from the point of sale to be consumed elsewhere. “On-site sales at restaurants, shebeens and…

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Vaccine rollout in SA halted

Vaccine roll out in SA stopped

South Africa’s government ha decided to stop the planned rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after clinical trials found it is not as effective as hoped against the new variant reported in the country. Government made the decision after  British drug maker, AstraZeneca, released a statement on Saturday saying the vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appears to offer only a limited protection against the milder form of the disease caused by the South African variant. Of the two thousand volunteers who were administered the vaccine during the trial,…

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Travel ban on non US-citizens returning from SA

Travel Ban on non-Americans returning from SA

Staff Reporter   US President Joe Biden had imposed a travel ban on most non-US citizens entering the country who had recently been to South Africa. The ban had started over the past weekend. A senior Biden spokesperson said that an entry ban would also be re-imposed on American citizens who had travelled to Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe allowing travel across open borders. “We are adding SA to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond SA,” Dr…

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How do I know I have recovered from COVID-19?

Vaccine roll out in SA stopped

It is important to note that there is a difference between being fully recovered and being ready to come out of isolation. The following criteria are specified for de-isolation of a person who tests positive for COVID-19: Symptomatic patients with mild disease (not requiring hospitalisation for Covid-19) can be de-isolated 10 days after the onset of their symptoms, provided their fever has resolved and their other symptoms are improving. Hospitalised patients with moderate-severe disease (who require hospitalisation due to COVID-19) can be de-isolated 10 days after achievement of clinical stability (i.e. from…

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Tighter level 1 restrictions this festive season

Government has announced tighter level 1 lockdown restrictions nationwide, with effect from midnight tonight. This as the country enters the festive season amid a second wave of rising COVID-19 infections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restrictions on Monday evening, as the country’s cumulative number of cases stands at 866,127, edging closer to the 900 000 mark. “If we do not do things differently this festive season, we will greet the new year not with joy, but with sorrow. Many of our friends, relatives and co-workers will be infected, some will…

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Travel at your own risk

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, is pleading with South Africans travelling to the Northern hemisphere countries to exercise caution as most nations are deep in the second wave of COVID-19. Pandor said she was worried about travellers becoming distressed or even destitute pending the reintroduction of stricter lockdown restrictions with the likelihood of cancelling international flights at short notice. “Please note that you will be travelling at your own risk to these countries knowing the current circumstances and the uncertainty going forward,” the Minister…

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