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"The world is in the throes of a public health emergency on a scale not witnessed in over a century."

               - President Cyril Ramaphosa, March 16 2020

Omicron in 23 countries: WHO slams those who penalised SA

Travel ban also hampered research and lacked any logic, say experts

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Travel bans will cause long-term devastation across Africa, Ramaphosa warns

Covid-19 travel bans will cause long-term damage to national economies across Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on ...

KZN top cop 'takes responsibility' for loss of lives during July unrest

Mkhwanazi said most had been trampled to death while looting. Some were killed by other looters over goods "such as a ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

WATCH LIVE | World Health Organisation briefs media on new Covid-19 variant

World Health Organisation is briefing the media after the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant, the Omicron.

By TImesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Where is the new Covid-19 variant most ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa said studies about whether Omicron was transmitted more easily between people and its impact ...

Looming fourth wave no surprise but SA has all the tools to beat it, says ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday suggested that SA was equipped to deal with the Omicron Covid-19 variant which was ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans to get Covid-19 ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to get vaccinated as scientists try to understand the new Covid-19 ...

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | President Ramaphosa updates nation on Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Sunday on developments in the country’s response to the ...

By Herald Reporter

President Ramaphosa to address the nation about Covid on Sunday

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Sunday on developments in the country’s response to the ...

By Herald Reporter

Mabuyane calls for calm, vigilance in face of new Covid-19 variant

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has called on residents to remain calm, after the emergence in Southern Africa of ...

Lynn Spence
Senior Reporter

Young people bearing brunt of Covid-19 resurgence, ICU doctor warns

The speed at which the new Covid-19 variant Omicron is infecting young people has alarmed SA health professionals.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

SA restaurants warn of doom for industry if any lockdowns are imposed

Any form of lockdown will be a death sentence for SA's restaurant industry, The Restaurant Collective has warned.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

61 travellers from SA in Netherlands positive for Covid-19

Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday tested ...

By Reuters

Australia bans travellers from virus-hit Southern Africa

Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine Southern African countries, as the new ...

By Reuters

Hotelier accuses scientists of ‘fearmongering’ over new Covid-19 variant

A leading hotelier has hit out at scientists for announcing the new Covid-19 variant without first establishing if ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Heartbreak as new Covid-19 variant derails travel plans

Families have described their devastation after the UK’s decision to temporarily ban travel to and from SA in response ...

By Guy Rogers

'Big jump' in new cases likely to see gatherings restricted: health ...

"It will be necessary to take some precautions. As to exactly what nature and to what extent, that is to be discussed," ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

WHO designates Covid variant found in SA as “of concern”

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/SAFRICA-WHO (URGENT):WHO designates COVID variant found in South Africa as "of concern"

By Reuters

Fauci says US must study data before deciding on travel ban over new ...

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/VARIANT-FAUCI (UPDATE 2, PIX):UPDATE 2-Fauci says U.S. must study data before deciding on travel ban ...

By Reuters

Health department slams 'draconian' decision to impose travel bans on SA

Early indications are that the Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the new variant, ministerial advisory committee ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

WATCH LIVE | Health minister interacts with media on new Covid-19 variant

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla and deputy minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo are hosting a virtual question and answer ...

Brakes slammed on SA's United Rugby Championship matches over variant risk

The brakes have been slammed on SA's participants in the United Rugby Championship (URC).

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

EU chief: halt air travel with places with new Covid-19 variant

The European Union's chief executive called on Friday for a suspension of air travel connection to places where a new ...

By Reuters

Sunday's Covid command council meeting will decide if you’ll be lonely ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa will chair a meeting of the national coronavirus command council on Sunday to discuss the ...

By TimesLIVE

EU moves to halt air travel from Southern Africa over new Covid-19 variant

The European Union aims to halt air travel from the Southern African region amid rising concern about a new Covid-19 ...

By Reuters

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