South Africa Covid

Omicron less severe even for unvaccinated, claims South African study

Omicron severity shows that even though the variant is highly transmissible, it causes less disease than the previous Delta strain, which was much more lethal.

published on : 15th January 2022

Omicron wave may have peaked in South Africa, President lifts overnight curfew

"The curfew will be lifted. There will therefore be no restrictions on the hours of movement of people," the Presidency said in a statement.

published on : 31st December 2021

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for COVID-19 as infections reach record high

President is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said.

published on : 13th December 2021

Omicron alert: WHO experts' team rushed to South Africa to help combat new COVID variant

Omicron, which was first identified in South Africa exactly a week ago, now has been detected in at least 24 countries around the world, including India.

published on : 3rd December 2021

South Africa's new COVID cases double in one day as Omicron spreads

Scientists in South Africa said they are bracing for a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases following the discovery of the new omicron variant.

published on : 3rd December 2021

South Africa to remain on lowest lockdown level; calls for immediate end to travel ban

Ramaphosa also said that the travel restrictions being imposed by several countries are unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country and our Southern African sister countries

published on : 29th November 2021

New Omicron Covid variant casts pall, shocks experts in South Africa

After several students tested positive, the university postponed some exams, and officials in the larger metropolitan area of Tshwane, which includes the capital of Pretoria, are pushing vaccinations

published on : 28th November 2021

Omicron worry: Odisha govt alerts districts on possible third wave, asks officials to remain prepared

Development Commissioner PK Jena stressed on door-to-door vaccination drive. He directed officials to go for strict enforcement of Covid guidelines and take stern action against the violators.

published on : 28th November 2021

Bengaluru: Two from South Africa test Covid positive, Deputy Commissioner says it is Delta strain

Between November 1 and 26, 584 persons arrived in Bengaluru from the 10 high-risk countries and 94 travellers have come in from South Africa alone.

published on : 27th November 2021

Bangladesh suspends travel from South Africa amid fears of new COVID-19 variant Omicron

"We must also be cautious about citizens travelling from other countries. We will check if they have received the vaccine and the RT-PCR test," Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Covid travel bans on South Africa "draconian", "misdirected": Health Minister Joe Phaahla

Omicron was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

published on : 27th November 2021

South African scientists brace for Covid wave propelled by omicron, young getting infected

"Young people, in their 20s to just over their late 30s, are coming in with moderate to severe disease, some needing intensive care," Rudo Mathivha, head of a intensive care unit in Soweto, said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Omicron Covid variant: US, Canada impose travel ban for foreigners from African countries

Travel will be mostly banned starting Monday from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, a senior official said.

published on : 27th November 2021

WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant from South Africa

The group could decide if it's a “variant of concern” — the most worrying type, like the well-known delta variant — or a “variant of interest," and whether to use a Greek letter to classify it.

published on : 26th November 2021

EU wants to stop flights from southern Africa to counter spread of new Covid variant 

The World Health Organization’s technical working group is to meet Friday to assess the new variant and may decide whether to give it a name from the Greek alphabet.

published on : 26th November 2021
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