Five Newsworthy Things in SA 9th December 2021:

News in South Africa 9th December: 1. Infection rate accelerating: On Wednesday, South Africa’s fourth wave of coronavirus infections overtook the peak of the first wave, as the Omicron variant spreads far and fast. The 19,842 new cases added to the national tally on Wednesday is the highest one-day number since July this year, when […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd September 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd September: 1. US approves booster shots: The US has approved the Pfizer vaccine as booster shots for vaccinated individuals. The United States on Wednesday authorized the use of boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people aged over 65, as well as adults at high risk of severe disease and those […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st September 2021:

News in South Africa 21st September: 1. UK red list questioned: South Africa’s continued presence on the UK’s red list for travel has been questioned by several experts and business leaders, saying it makes no sense. According to the UK High Commission in Pretoria, the country is being kept on the red list over concerns […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 2nd September 2021:

1. Over 6.1mil South Africans vaccinated: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said that over 6.1 million South African were now fully vaccinated with either the on-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the double dose Pfizer jab. About 15% of the country’s adults are fully vaccinated compared to about 24% of those 18 years […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 17th August 2021:

News in South Africa 17th August: 1. Discussion over opening up vaccinations: Opening up vaccination for over 18s by the end of this week is expected to be on the agenda of the National Coronavirus Command Council’s (NCCC) expected meeting today amid lagging numbers of people getting jabs. This follows statements from new health minister […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th May 2021:

News in South Africa 19th April: 1. Slow start to vaccine program: South Africa’s phase 2 vaccination programme is off to a slow start, with only 519,139 people in total receiving their shots. This includes people 60 years and older who’ve been prioritised in the second phase of the rollout, which kicked off on Monday. […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th April 2021:

News in South Africa 20th April: 1. Home Affairs document backlog: Home Affairs is hoping to extend its working hours into the weekend in order to deal with backlogs. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says negotiations are continuing with worker unions to create weekend shifts. Strides have been made, but the department is still plagued […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 16th April 2021:

News in South Africa 16th April: 1. System up for 2nd phase of vaccine rollout: Health minster Dr Zweli Mkhize has launched the Electronic Vaccination Data System for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, which is expected to start in May. The country is expecting 30 million Pfizer doses, with the first batch expected […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th February 2021:

News in South Africa 19th February: 1. Third Covid wave coming: As South Africa settles down from the second wave of Covid-19, government officials and health experts are all expecting a third wave to hit the country in winter. “There is no question that the second wave caught much of the world and certainly South […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 8th February 2021:

News in South Africa 8th February: 1. AstraZeneca ineffective against local Covid variant: The roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine to South Africa’s health workers has been temporarily halted following results showing low efficacy against the South African variant of the coronavirus. South African health workers will now receive the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine […]

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