Wall Street soars on hopes of slowing coronavirus deaths

US stocks rocketed higher on Monday, with each of the major indexes rallying at least 7%, after a fall in the daily death toll in New York, the country’s biggest coronavirus hot spot, fueled optimism a leveling off of the pandemic was on the horizon.

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Tiger with COVID-19 gets meds, TLC from New York’s Bronx Zoo keepers

Nadia, the tiger who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in New York, and six other big cats who developed a dry cough at the Bronx Zoo appeared to be on the mend on Monday after doses of medication and tenderness.

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Arms firm Denel to produce ventilators in coronavirus fight

South Africa’s Denel will design and develop medical ventilators in partnership with other state-owned entities, research bodies and medical technology companies to help treat coronavirus patients, the state arms and technology company said on Sunday.

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OPEC and allies likely to cut production if US joins cuts: sources

The group of oil producers known as OPEC+, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, are likely to agree to cut production at a meeting scheduled for Thursday as long as the United States joins in cutting output, three OPEC+ sources told Reuters.

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SA COVID-19 death toll rises to 12, with 31 more cases confirmed

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased by 31, bringing the number to 1 686. In a statement, the Department of Health has also announced another death of a 54-year-old man from the Western Cape.

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SA scientists discover COVID-19 genome that could help curb the spread of the virus

Scientists in South Africa say they have sequenced the coronavirus genome in the country and this will assist South Africa in tracking the local spread of COVID-19.

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Masks should be prioritised for health workers to avoid shortage against coronavirus: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) voiced concern on Monday that the wearing of medical masks by the general public could exacerbate the shortage for health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Challenges posed by HIV, TB in the fight against COVID-19 under the spotlight

Fears of an imminent COVID-19 catastrophe drove government to put the country under national lockdown for three weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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City of Cape Town ‘finalising arrangements’ to relocate foreign nationals

Foreign nationals

Some foreign nationals who are still living on the streets around the Central Police Station and the District Six Museum say they are pleading with the authorities to take them to a safe and humane space during the lockdown.

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SA makes more spectrum available to meet internet demand

South African telecommunications regulator ICASA announced on Monday an emergency release of broadband spectrum to meet a spike in internet demand during alockdown to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

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53 people arrested at KZN wedding to appear in court in June

The 53 people who were arrested at a wedding in eNseleni outside Richards Bay in the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, are expected to appear in the Empangeni magistrate court on 11 June.

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Relief for Mpumalanga residents after years of water struggle

Residents of Jerusalem, north of White River in Mpumalanga, will now have clean drinking water following the drilling of six boreholes in the area by the Water Affairs and Sanitation department.

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Tributes pour in for former Jam Alley presenter ‘V- Mash’

V- Mash, as Mashego was affectionately known, died on Friday at the age of 56. Several of her colleagues and friends announced her death on social media.

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SA’s growth unlikely to exceed 1% in 2021: Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank has cut its growth forecasts for South Africa, predicting the economy could shrink by as much as 4% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the national 21-day lockdown and the recent downgrades by credit rating agencies.

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COVID-19 screening begins in the Western Cape

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo is calling for community support as health workers begin screening for COVID-19. They are conducting door-to-door visits in Mbekweni, outside Paarl.

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