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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.

Coronavirus: UNICEF warns of 'lost generation' as virus hits children's services

With health services disrupted and poverty soaring due to the pandemic, "the future of an entire generation is at risk," warned UNICEF. The agency called on governments to do more to improve the services for kids.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective in final trial

Pfizer and BioNTec are preparing to submit their vaccine to US regulators for approval for emergency use. The two pharma firms claim the product is effective in 95% of the cases with no major safety concerns.

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.

COVID-19: Nearly 3,000 new cases recorded

The Department of Health reported 2,888 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

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).

Children can be stealth superspreaders of malaria to mosquitoes

These asymptomatic infections can undermine efforts to eliminate malaria.

How early was the coronavirus really circulating in Italy?

A new study suggests as early as September of last year, but some experts are skeptical.

COVID-19 rapid antibody tests available countrywide

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

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."

NMB officials say more beds will be made available as COVID-19 cases spike

The municipality has seen a rise in cases, with the Eastern Cape province having now recorded nearly 109,000 infections.

Health minister urges authorities to identify COVID-19 super spreader sites

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize asked health authorities to determine the effects of alcohol-related admissions in hospitals.

Woman's stomach pain turns out to be rare case of 'wandering spleen'

The organ shifted when ligaments around it became loose.

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.

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.

Mysteries of COVID smell loss finally yield some answers

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

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.

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.

SA records 1,987 new COVID-19 cases, 119 more deaths

The Eastern Cape has the most active cases, with 9,890 infections.

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.

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.

COVID-19 cases in SA increase by 2,080

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

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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.

Immunity basics: How the immune system works

The pandemic is not over yet and we still need to be mindful of health and hygiene measures.

Mkhize: Behavioural change most effective solution to contain COVID-19 spread

Some provinces, including the Eastern Cape, are seeing an alarming rise in infections.

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.

National Treasury proposes to slash R2bn from Limpopo’s education budget

A R2bn budget cut for the Limpopo Department of Education comes in a province where education infrastructure is in shambles — and where R200m was diverted from the department’s infrastructure grant to PPE procurement.

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.

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.

Why do some animal sleep so much?

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

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

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.

Deadly hemorrhagic fever in Bolivia can spread between people

A deadly virus that causes fevers, abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding gums, skin rash and pain behind the eyes can now jump from one person to another.

Section27: COVID-19 demonstrated urgent need for safer sanitation in SA schools

Half a decade after 5-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a school pit toilet, those who fought for the family to find justice, like Section27, said that much more still needed to be done.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ultrasound captures worms squirming in a man's stomach

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

Hard-pressed consumers want discounts, bargains

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

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.

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.

Does coronavirus mass testing make sense?

Austria plans to introduce mass testing for COVID-19, a measure already taken by Luxembourg and Slovakia. Should larger countries like Germany also make the effort to check their entire population?