Health and Fitness

115 more SA COVID-19 deaths recorded, 2,493 new infections

The Health Department has also confirmed 2,493 new infections in the past 24-hour cycle. This takes the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 772,252.

It's official: WC dealing with COVID-19 resurgence

The provincial health department said this is when weekly new cases rise by 20% and it's what some countries may call a second wave.

Ultrasound captures worms squirming in a man's stomach

Doctors observed a "tubular ... structure that moved with a curling motion" inside his stomach.

SARS-CoV-2 relative found lurking in frozen bats from Cambodia

For the first time, close relatives of the novel coronavirus have been found outside China.

COVID-19 cases in SA increase by 2,080

The Department of Health said the current testing positivity rate of 14 percent is concerning.

Mkhize pays tribute to health workers for COVID-19 battle

The Health Minister said health workers had often had to sacrifice their own concerns for the well-being of those who looked to them for care.

NMB hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 surge

The ripple effect of COVID-19's resurgence can be seen in the increasing numbers of staff who are testing positive or showing signs of fatigue.

Coronavirus: Next two weeks 'critical' for Japan

As cases begin an upswing into a third wave, experts fear that too many people have become indifferent to the dangers posed by the virus and are taking more risks. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.

COVID-19: Mkhize intervenes in Eastern Cape

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says his visit to the Eastern Cape was fruitful and will inform his recommendations to cabinet.

Shopping on Black Friday? Here’s what you should & shouldn’t keep in the fridge

As Black Friday approaches, people will be looking to save on items and this will taking advantage of specials like two for one and bulk shopping.

Bangladesh: Male victims of domestic violence demand gender-neutral laws

Women in Bangladesh are far more likely to be victims of domestic violence than men, but a growing number of men complain that they are also facing abuse. Experts say gender-neutral laws are needed to tackle the problem.

Coronavirus digest: Germany may start vaccinating in December

The first coronavirus immunization centers could get going in December, German Health Minister Jens Spahn has speculated. UNICEF says 2 billion doses could be shipped to poor countries in 2021. DW rounds up the latest

Mkhize: New wave of EC COVID-19 infections a cause of great concern

Over the last 24-hour cycle, 3,105 new COVID-19 infections were identified, bringing the total number of cases to over 762,000.

Life Healthcare takes Covid-19, Scanmed knock

Life Healthcare yesterday reported a 45.1 percent decline in earnings for the year to end September, hurt by an impairment charge in Scanmed, Covid-19 outbreak and a provision for additional expected credit losses.

Coronavirus: Russia agrees to produce Sputnik V vaccine in India

Russia and India have reached an agreement to mass-produce doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19. Moscow's sovereign wealth fund is behind the project, alongside an Indian pharmaceutical firm.

Quarantine in Thailand: The good, the bad and the boring

Two weeks in a five-star boutique hotel in Pattaya might not sound too bad, except when you can't go outside or interact with anyone other than your health workers. Emmy Sasipornkarn reports from quarantine in Thailand.

Makhura: Experts deeply concerned about possible COVID spike in early 2021

Gauteng Premier David Makhura delivered his end-of-year address during a virtual sitting, raising concerns over residents letting their guard down and not complying with pandemic safety protocols.

Why do some animal sleep so much?

Body size and diet might impact how much sleep mammals need.

Eswatini Prime Minister in hospital, tests positive for Covid-19

Eswatini prime minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini was admitted in hospital with mild Covid-19 symptoms.

Rebuilding Notre Dame will be incredibly hard

A new documentary from NOVA shows the delicate and difficult work of restoring the Notre Dame Cathedral after the April 2019 fire that destroyed its roof.

2,270 new COVID-19 infections recorded in SA, 58 more people die

The Health Department has confirmed 2,270 new infections in the past 24-hour cycle.

AstraZeneca COVID vaccine is 70% effective data shows

Though the late stage trial results showed an efficacy of 70% on average, up to 90% of people can be prevented from getting the coronavirus if a lower dose is used. AstraZeneca said the vaccine is "highly effective."

Nehawu to march on Thursday over public servant salary increases

The union's general secretary, Zola Saphetha, said that the union would march this coming Thursday when the Health Council was meeting.

Fact check: How deadly is the coronavirus in Germany?

Over 400 people died in one day in Germany as a result of COVID-19, marking a new grim record. But what does the death toll mean in the bigger picture of the country's pandemic? DW Fact Check reports.

Mkhize set to return to EC as new COVID-19 infections spike in province

Provincial health authorities said that 1,277 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the province on Wednesday.

EC Health Dept warns province under pressure from rising COVID-19 infections

The province alone has reported an increase of over 1,300 new infections in the last reporting cycle.

Coronavirus: Clinics in Naples, Italy, on the brink of collapse

Campania, a region in southern Italy, is drowning in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Public hospitals in Naples can no longer accept all patients. Delali Sakpa reports from Naples.

COVID-19 committee chair notes decrease in TB & HIV testing in SA

Salim Karim said the pandemic also significantly affected hospital visits this year with patients worried they may be at risk of contracting the virus.

How to partner for a competitive edge

Partnering, and to partner for a competitive edge, has existed as a concept for millennia. Among the very first known business partnerships occurred in medieval times, spurring important economic revolutions such as the Commercial Revolution that occurred in 13th century Europe. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the idea of partnering for a competitive edge within shared markets is gaining ascendency as organisations seek ways to reach...

Slow Black Friday as COVID-19 pandemic affects shoppers

Eyewitness News reporter Refilwe Pitjeng reflects on this year's shopping experience.

COVID-19 committee chair notes decrease in TV & HIV testing in SA

Salim Karim said the pandemic also significantly affected hospital visits this year with patients worried they may be at risk of contracting the virus.

WC safety MEC Albert Fritz tests positive for COVID-19

MEC Spokesperson Cayla Murray said all offices and public areas were sanitised.

Coronavirus: WHO warns of COVID-19 third wave, says Europe failed to learn from Asia

The World Health Organization's (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy has slammed Europe's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying countries failed to take advantage of a summer lull in cases to prepare for the next wave.

Nehawu affiliated health workers to down tools

The union says several frontline workers have not been paid for working overtime during the hard lockdown.

Carnival Returns to Bond Market Without Ships as Collateral

For the first time since the pandemic, cruise operator Carnival Corp. is selling debt without pledging its ships as collateral, testing the depths of a market rally that has seen bond buyers betting big on hard-hit industries now that a Covid vaccine is in sight.

Nehawu: SA’s overstretched healthcare system won’t survive second COVID wave

The union held a briefing where they announced they would be leading the nationwide marches by community healthcare workers on Thursday.

No, soaring COVID-19 cases are not due to more testing

COVID-19 cases are surging upward around the U.S., reaching 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Nov. 4 and 150,000 only eight days later.

CT community health workers demand reward for contribution to SA health system

Members of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers marched from Hanover Street to the provincial legislature in Cape Town's CBD to air grievances.

Mysteries of COVID smell loss finally yield some answers

Explanations begin to arise at the molecular level for this vexing but commonplace symptom

Man's 'heart attack' was really side effect from swallowed battery

When a man arrived at the emergency room, it looked to doctors like he was having a heart attack. But that was a false alarm: The man had actually swallowed a battery that messed with his electrocardiogram (EKG).

COVID-19 rapid antibody tests available countrywide

It takes just 10 minutes to get the results and two types of antibodies are tested for.

Hard-pressed consumers want discounts, bargains

Hard-pressed consumers are battling with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus digest: EU agrees vaccine deal with Moderna

The EU has an agreement in place with US firm Moderna for 160 million doses of its experimental vaccine. Meanwhile, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine producers have said their jab is 95% effective. DW rounds up the latest.

Black Friday shoppers must remember to sanitise and social distance, says Mkhize

The annual sale usually sees hordes of people gathering at shopping malls and the like. This year, of course, it's very different.

Endurance athlete driven by brother’s murder to raise funds for mental health rehabilitation

Schoombie founded an NGO, the Carlstrong Foundation, after his brother, Carl, was murdered in 2015.

Mkhize concerned over rise in latest COVID-19 infection figures

South Africa has recorded 2,080 new coronavirus cases, pushing the total number of infections since the outbreak to more than 769,000.

Coronavirus: WHO advises against remdesivir for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

A World Health Organization panel said the anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat COVID-19 patients, no matter how ill they are. The experts said the drug has "no important effect" on death rates.

Coronavirus digest: Germany sets new daily record in COVID infections

Germany has recorded 23,648 positive coronavirus tests over the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 260. Despite a downward trend, India has crossed the 9 million case mark. Follow DW for more.

Could COVID-19 immunity last decades? Here’s the science.

Of course, rare cases of reinfection show that immunity is not long-lasting for everyone.

The cows are coming to save us

The headline relates to vaccine origins, this is about how close we are to a Covid-19 vaccine.