FEATURE | Wits student designs drone that can screen people for COVID-19

As the country continues to suffer from the impact of COVID-19, some people have used the opportunities presented by the pandemic to come up with new innovations.

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England’s COVID-19 app does not accept a third of test results

England’s COVID-19 smartphone app launched to curb the spread of the virus does not accept test results processed in the country’s state-run laboratories, hospitals or as part of an official survey, it said on Saturday.

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SA records 969 more COVID-19 cases

The cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 669 498 with 969 cases identified. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 128 438 with 11 359 new tests conducted since the last report.

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COVID-19 exacerbated crisis in education system: Prof Msibi

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University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) academic, Professor Thabo Msibi, says the COVID -19 pandemic has exacerbated what was already a crisis in education at schools. Msibi says research in recent years shows that about 60% of children in grade 1 will not make it to matric.

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Medical association concerned over disbandment of COVID-19 advisory committee

The SA Medical Association has raised some concern over the disbandment of government’s chief Scientific advisory committee on COVID-19.

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African Climate Alliance urges South Africa to move away from coal power stations

The African Climate Alliance (ACA) says a shift in the source of energy production in South Africa from coal to renewable energy sources could make the economy more resilient and help create jobs. The organisation joined various other activists outside Parliament yesterday, as part of a global day of climate change protests, who say countries […]

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Facebook critics launch rival oversight board

Critics of Facebook Inc FB.O, including the organisers of an advertising boycott against the company, on Friday launched their own oversight board to review the company’s content moderation practices.

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World’s youth rallies against climate change

United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied worldwide on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global protest since the coronavirus crisis began.

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Weekly Global COVID-19 Wrap, 25 September

In this week’s Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from the African continent, Europe, Asia, and the Americas as the number of confirmed infections worldwide rises.

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China says WHO gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use programme

The World Health Organization gave China its support and understanding to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people while clinical trials were still underway, a Chinese health official said on Friday.

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Brazil to join COVAX vaccine facility, earmarks $454 million

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will issue decrees laying the legal groundwork for Brazil to join the global COVID-19 vaccine partnership known as COVAX and earmarking 2.5 billion reais ($453.8 million) for securing vaccines through the facility, his office said on Thursday.

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