Putin says Russia has two weeks to prepare for Omicron wave

Russia has lifted nearly all the restrictions designed to limit new cases, despite an increasing caseload and growing Omicron infections

‘Unclean!’ Or how to tell people you’re Covid-positive

After 20 months of caution, I let my guard down. Now I feel terrible

Health department suspends revised Covid-19 quarantine and contact tracing protocols

A revised circular will be released once the department has taken additional input into consideration.

Health department rolls out Pfizer boosters to eligible individuals

Low uptake anticipated because of festive season, but healthcare workers stand ready

Health department scraps quarantine, isolation requirements for asymptomatic Covid-19 contacts

The government has also started administering J&J booster shots from 24 December and will roll out Pfizer boosters from 28 December

Advisors suggest end to quarantine of asymptomatic Covid-19 contacts

According to the ministerial advisory committee, the quarantine period for “high-risk contacts” of Covid-19 patients is not an effective measure for containing the spread of the virus

J&J boosters could be soon available to South Africans

Announcement of when the J&J booster shot will be available is expected to take place at the conclusion of the Sisonke 2 study

Covid’s here to stay, so live with it

The world must be responsible in its reaction to the virus in all its varieties

Airline association welcomes UK travel red list U-turn on Africa

The UK will remove South Africa and other African countries it recently placed on its travel red list at midnight on Wednesday

Current Covid-19 wave less fatal than others, says World Health Organisation

A study by the World Health Organisation found that there was a 66% surge in new Covid-19 cases during the past week in South Africa

Western Cape enters fourth Covid-19 wave

With an average of 1 600 new daily cases, the province is not recording the same rapid increases in hospital admissions and deaths as previous waves

Ramaphosa has mild case of Covid-19, encourages people to get vaccinated

David Mabuza will be acting president for a week

Children between 12 and 17 are now eligible for second vaccine shot

Those 12 years and older who are severely immunocompromised can get a Pfizer booster dose at least 28 days after their second jab

Alarm as almost 20% of South Africa’s healthcare workers contract Covid

The 10-day healthcare worker ‘isolate and contact trace’ policy puts pressure on other healthcare workers and compromises hospitals’ ability to deliver quality healthcare

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions still to be discussed, says Gungubele

The minister in the presidency said the cabinet had not discussed adjusted lockdown restrictions and vaccine mandates

Unvaccinated South Africans to pay more for insurance premiums

Insurance companies have adjusted their premiums and people who are not vaccinated will pay more for cover

Covid-19 hospital admissions on the rise in Gauteng as fourth wave looms

Most of the admissions are of unvaccinated and younger people, but there are fears of a spread to older people

Covid cases continue to rise as fourth wave looms

Gauteng has seen an increase of over 8000 new cases in the past day