Coronavirus South Africa

  • Africa & World

    Pastors tell Ramaphosa to re-open churches or they won’t vote ANC

    SOUTH African-based pastors from different charismatic churches have threatened to mobilise their members against voting for the ANC should the government fail to heed their call to allow 100% attendance during services. Spokesperson for the churches Moafrika wa Maila was speaking ahead of a mass demonstration of Christians scheduled for Sunday at the Union Buildings. At least 2 000 people…

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  • Africa & World

    Ramaphosa relaxes lockdown to level 3

    SOUTH Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday moved SA back to alert level 3, meaning that alcohol sales will be allowed, gatherings can take place and interprovincial travel for leisure is back. The nationwide curfew stays in place, from 10pm to 4am. Ramaphosa said that non-essential establishments — including restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres — can open, but must…

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  • Health

    AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot less effective against South African variant

      SOUTH AFRICA (Reuters) – British drugmaker AstraZeneca AZN.L said on Saturday its vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant of COVID-19, based on early data from a trial. The study from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University showed the vaccine had…

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