Health officials said Sunday they had detected the Covid-19 Omicron strain in Australia for the first time in two passengers who were tested after flying into Sydney from southern Africa. The eastern state of New South Wales’ health authority said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the new[…]
As 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence gets underway – organisations are hard at work raising awareness and intensifying various campaigns highlighting what’s called a ‘second pandemic’. The campaign kicked off on Friday and runs until 10 December. The theme for this year is “Orange the World: End Violence[…]
With the festive season around the corner Western Cape residents are urged to get vaccinated. Health officials have indicated that there’s early signs of the start of the fourth wave in the Western Cape. Over 4 million people have been vaccinated in the province. 42% of the total adult population[…]
The South African government says it has begun engaging with countries that have reimposed COVID-19 travel restrictions on the country. The Department of International Relations said the latest round of travel bans was punishing South Africa for its ability to detect a new COVID variant. The department’s Clayson Monyela said[…]
Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of COVID-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa, and expanded travel restrictions on the region. “After overnight genome sequencing, the UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529[…]
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) have mutually agreed to defer the three-match Betway One-Day International (ODI) series which began on Friday. The decision comes as a result of mounting anxiety and concern on the side of the visiting team around travel bans and restrictions on flights from[…]
Australia banned flights from nine southern African countries on Saturday, tightening its borders to prevent the entry of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant. Non-Australians who visited South Africa, Zimbabwe and several other nations in the past fortnight will also be barred from Australia, Heath Minister Greg Hunt said. Citizens and[…]
A police officer has died and another has been injured during a shootout in Killarney Gardens in Table View. Police responded to an armed robbery at a business involving four robbers Friday morning. When officers arrived, the suspects, who had held staff at gunpoint inside the building, fired shots at[…]
The World Health Organization has designated the new Coronavirus strain first detected here in South Africa as a “variant of concern”, prompting countries around the world to impose travel restrictions amid fears over its potential spread. The Health Organisation’s advisory panel said early evidence shows the new b.1.1529 variant, which[…]
Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of flights from seven African countries on Friday, due to the emergence of a new variant of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of Interior said it had been decided to suspend flights from and to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini, based on the continuous[…]
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