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COVID lockdowns distorted our sense of time, research reveals

By The Conversation 12-06-23 17:44

The perception of time is a psychological phenomenon, meaning external factors can modify the way we experience it. For example, time may seem to fly by when we’re in good company, whereas if we’re somewhere we don’t want to be, it may appear too slow. The COVID pandemic was a source of psychological stress globally, […]

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COVID: Health Forum recommends booster shots

By Mimi Mfundisi 08-05-23 16:13

Progressive Health Forum recommends South Africans get Covid booster vaccines ahead of the winter season, especially people over 50 years. Health Forum urges people to get Covid vaccine booster shots, especially those above 50. Image: iStock/(IDA) READ MORE: WHO declares COVID-19 global health emergency over, but pandemic not over The Progressive Health Forum said while […]

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Daily Reporting on Covid-19 in South Africa Ends

By SAPeople 01-08-22 09:26

South Africa’s Department of Health and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) will no longer issue the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths due to a decrease in SARS-CoV-2 levels. It will instead be issued on a weekly basis. The department and the NICD had been reporting COVID-19 surveillance data on […]

Over 50 000 COVID-19 vaccines administered in the last 24 hours

Over 50 000 COVID-19 Vaccines Administered in the Last 24 Hours

By SAPeople Contributor 18-05-22 15:22

A total of 56 769 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the last 24 hours in South Africa, including 14 409 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 42 360 Pfizer vaccines. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) report on Tuesday, the vaccines administered in the last 24 hours included 20 063 first doses, […]

South Africa Could Be Entering Fifth Covid Wave

South Africa Could Be Entering Fifth Covid Wave

By SAPeople 29-04-22 09:02

South Africa could be entering a fifth COVID-19 infection wave, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced on Friday. He said there has been a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days. Speaking at a news conference, Phaahla said that the increase in cases was originating mainly in Gauteng (49%), KwaZulu-Natal (23%) and Western Cape […]

South Africa records 1 954 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa Records 1,954 New COVID-19 Cases

By SAPeople Contributor 26-04-22 19:57

South Africa has in the past 24 hours recorded 1 954 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 764 865. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said this increase represents a 19.3% positivity rate. “The majority of new cases today [Monday] are from Gauteng (55%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (23%). Western Cape accounted […]

No More PCR for Inbound Vaccinated Travellers as South Africa

No More PCR for Inbound Vaccinated Travellers as South Africa Eases Alert Level 1 Restrictions

By SAPeople 23-03-22 10:04

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the easing of several restrictions, including Travel, as part of Adjusted Alert Level 1, which will take effect tomorrow (Wed 23 March) once they’re gazetted. Travel industry organisations welcomed the announcement, saying tonight that the PCR test removal for inbound vaccinated travellers will be a major boost for South Africa’s […]

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Outrage as National State of Disaster Extended to 15 April in South Africa

By SAPeople 15-03-22 17:20

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is one of many South Africans today who have condemned the government’s decision to extend the State of Disaster, which has already been in place for two years. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, yesterday gazetted a further extension of the National State of Disaster […]

South Africa Changes Vaccination Programme to Increase Uptake

South Africa Changes Vaccination Programme to Increase Uptake

By SAPeople 21-02-22 14:57

South Africa is reducing the interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, along with other changes, the Department of Health announced today. The department said the modifications have been guided by scientific evidence, and are part of ongoing efforts to increase the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa where it […]

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Is Omicron Mother Nature’s Way of Vaccinating the Masses and Curbing the Pandemic?

By SAPeople 27-01-22 17:39

In the short time since the omicron variant was identified in South Africa in November 2021, researchers have quickly learned that it has three unique characteristics: It spreads efficiently and quickly, it generally causes milder disease than previous variants and it may confer strong protection against other variants such as delta. By Prakash Nagarkatti, University […]

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South Africa Reports 2 597 New COVID-19 Cases

By SAPeople Contributor 17-01-22 13:06

South Africa recorded 2 597 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 3 559 230 since the outbreak. The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape after 721 people tested positive, followed by 602 in Gauteng, 547 in KwaZulu-Natal, 167 in the Eastern Cape, 129 in the […]

Western Cape study shows why Omicron wave caused less death

Western Cape Study Shows Why Omicron Wave Caused Less Death

By SAPeople Contributor 17-01-22 12:57

A new study has shown that the Omicron wave in the Western Cape was much less deadly than previous waves, owing to vaccination, high rates of past infection in the community, and reduced risk of severe disease and death owing to the variant itself. Over 5,000 adult Covid patients were surveyed during one month of the fourth […]

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South Africa’s National State of Disaster Extended

By SAPeople 15-01-22 10:37

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has Gazetted the extension of the National State of Disaster on COVID-19 until 15 February 2022. In a statement, the Ministry on Friday said the extension took into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state […]

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancelled by Australia

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancelled by Australia for Second Time

By SAPeople 14-01-22 13:52

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia has cancelled tennis legend Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time. The government said on Friday that Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, may pose a health risk. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel the 34-year-old’s visa, after a court quashed an earlier revocation over […]

South Africa Still Seeing Serious Cases in Unvaccinated

WATCH South Africa Still Seeing Serious Cases in Unvaccinated Says Pulmonologist

By SAPeople 13-01-22 15:17

A South African pulmonologist, Anita Graham, said on Thursday (January 13) that she was still seeing serious COVID-19 disease in people who are unvaccinated or have co-morbidities during the current infection wave being driven by the Omicron variant. “We are still seeing very serious infections and admissions in patients who are unvaccinated and also in […]

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SA Records 6 762 New COVID-19 Cases, 181 Deaths

By SAPeople Contributor 14-01-22 12:33

South Africa has recorded 6 762 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24-hour reporting cycle, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 540 891. According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), this increase represents a 15.5% positivity rate. A further 181 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 92 830 to date. “The […]

EU Travel Ban on South Africa Lifted But Too Little Too Late

EU Travel Ban on South Africa Lifted But Too Little Too Late

By SAPeople 12-01-22 09:42

Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has welcomed the lifting of travel bans to Southern Africa by the European Union (EU), but said the damage has already been done and it comes after peak tourism season. On Monday, EU states agreed to lift the travel bans, which were imposed following the onset of the COIVD-19 Omicron variant. […]

SA records over 4 400 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa Covid-10 Update: Over 4 400 New Cases

By SAPeople Contributor 10-01-22 12:46

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) says South Africa recorded at least 4 482 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 3 526 054. A further 82 deaths as a result of complications related to the virus have also been recorded. This brings the total number of people who […]

Holidaymakers relax on the South Beach during New Year festivities in Durban after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions. Photo by Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa Has Changed Tack on Tackling Covid: Why It Makes Sense

By SAPeople 08-01-22 12:31

In the final days of 2021 the South African government eased its COVID regulations. On December 30th the government scrapped a curfew that had been in place since March 2020. It also initially announced an easing around quarantines and contact tracing but subsequently reversed these plans. Nevertheless, its approach sets a new trend in how […]

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South Africa’s COVID-19 Infections Cross the 3.5 Million Mark

By SAPeople Contributor 07-01-22 12:54

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases have now surpassed 3.5 million after 9 860 people tested positive on Thursday across the country. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), this means there are now 3 504 554 confirmed cases since the outbreak, representing a 21% positivity rate. Data shows that the Western Cape recorded the […]

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